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Shepard's Purse

Shepherd's purse is easily recognized by the small heart shaped leaves and small white flowers. It is one of the many "weeds" that grows easily in pastures and vacant lots. This small plant can really pack a punch in the healing arena! Shepherd's purse is used for heart and circulatory problems including mild heart failure, low blood pressure, and nervous heart complaints. It is also used for headache, vomiting blood, blood in the urine, diarrhea, and bladder infections. Women use shepherd's purse for premenstrual problems, long periods, and menstrual cramps. Shepherd's purse is sometimes applied directly to the skin for nosebleeds, superficial burns, and bleeding skin injuries. How does it work? Shepherd's purse might decrease bleeding, stimulate muscles, and increase uterine contractions. Shepherd's purse seems to be safe when taken by mouth or applied to the skin in small amounts. It can cause drowsiness, changes in blood pressure, thyroid function changes, and heart palpitations. But like all things everything in moderation! This plant can interact with Thyroid Hormone and Sedative Medications. With anything we put in our bodies it is best to have someone with a working knowledge help you figure out what will be right for you!

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