General information Shepherd's bag is a fast — growing plant that can produce several generations per season. Blooms from April to late autumn. The fruits are pods of the original triangular shape: the same shape was used for shepherd's bags in Western Europe of the XVII–XVIII centuries.
It has a wide range of habitats. Prefers wet places, but can grow even in places with disturbed soil cover.
RAW MATERIAL PREPARATION The collection is made in summer, at the time of flowering and in dry weather. The entire ground part of the grass is cut or mowed together with the basal leaves. Skip plants with open pods.
Dry raw materials in the fresh air or indoors, providing air access, lack of moisture, and protecting from sunlight. Drying ends when the stem becomes brittle. The medicinal herb shepherd's bag retains its useful properties for 3 years. For storage, you need a dry, dark, cool place.
MEDICAL PROPERTY Shepherd's purse has a styptic, haemostatic, hypotensive, anti-bacterial, choleretic, astringent, antipyretic medicinal properties. Expands the peripheral vessels, increases the tone of the uterus and increases the motility of its muscles, activates intestinal peristalsis. Contains a large amount of potassium.
It is used for many types of internal bleeding, in particular — for gastrointestinal bleeding associated with a lack of prothrombin and liver disorders. Learn more about how to effectively use the broth from the shepherd's bag from our recipe.
Grass shepherd's bag is included in the fees used in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis with hemoptysis, urolithiasis, cystitis, pyelonephritis. The herb is especially effective if the disease is accompanied by a loss of potassium. In gynecology, the shepherd's bag is used most often and actively. Since the plant increases the contraction of the myometrium, increases the level of blood clotting and activates the entire coagulation system, it is used for almost all female bleeding: uterine, after childbirth and abortion, juvenile (adolescent) and menopausal. The shepherd's bag is indicated for extremely heavy, prolonged periods and bleeding caused by hormonal imbalance, fibromyoma and inflammatory diseases. They are prescribed even for uterine cancer.
Medicinal herb shepherd's bag in folk medicine is considered an antiemetic, wound healing, antitoxic, anti-cold, tonic, vitamin, antitumor and analgesic. It cleanses the blood and strengthens the capillaries. Improves the condition of the eye mucosa with regular washing with infusion.
In folk medicine, shepherd's bag infusion is taken orally for the treatment of uterine adenoma and atony, fibromyoma, kidney diseases, urinary and gall bladder, and liver. It is also used for hemophilia, hematuria, hemorrhoidal and nasal bleeding, prolonged and painful menstruation, kidney tuberculosis, mineral metabolism disorders, and cardiovascular diseases. The shepherd's bag is used in the case of rheumatism, gout, constipation, inflammation of the bladder, when stones are found in the gallbladder and renal pelvis, liver and kidney colic, and exacerbation of stomach ulcers.
Compresses and lotions from the shepherd's bag infusion help with bruises and inflammation of the tendons. Tincture is used for washing the anus with rectal prolapse, relaxation of the sphincter muscles and fecal incontinence.