Shepherd’s Purse - Capsella bursa-pastoris
Family: Brassica family (Brassicaceae)
Common names: bag cutter, heart, heart herb, wooden spoon
Short description: up to half a meter high
Flowers: The flowers are arranged in a loose grape. The petals are white and 2 - 3 mm long. The fruit is shaped like a shepherd's bag.
Leaves: Leaves are in basal leaf rosette, bay-toothed. The stem is simple or branched with simple and single star hairs. The stem leaves are lanceolate, entire and the upper leaves cover the stems.
Habitat: weeds in fields, gardens, paths, rubbish sites, wastelands, burial mounds, nutrient-rich soils in bright locations, nitrogen pointers
Collection time: from May to July
Use: The plant contains many important substances especially tyramine, histamine and flavone glycosides as well as tannins. These have hemostatic and vasoconstrictive. For example, if the menstrual bleeding is too frequent and too long, you can drink a cup of tea from this plant up to four times a day. For nosebleeds, you can also dip a little cotton into a concentrated tea and then introduce it into the affected nostril. Even with tooth extractions, the affected area can be rinsed with this tea for hemostasis.
In addition, the plant can also be used culinary. Fresh leaves can be processed with curd cheese. The taste is a bit like horseradish.
Attention: In stronger doses the plant is poisonous.