Shepherds Purse – Capsella

Shepherds Purse - Capsella bursa pastoris

Latin Name: Capsella bursa-pastoris

Family: Crucifereae

Height: 10-20cm

An excellent astringent herb which guinea pigs normally ignore unless they have diarrhoea in which case they eat it readilly, seeming to recognise its properties.  A safe food for rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas.

Shepherd’s Purse is a useful first aid measure to help prevent excessive post-partum bleeding although if there is any doubt about an animal’s condition veterinary help should be sought immediately.

Shepherds Purse has a good Ca:P ratio.

Constituents: Tyramine, choline, acetylcholine, tannin, essential oil, resin, saponins, flavanoids, polypeptides, fumaric and bursic acids, glucosinolates, diosmine, potassium.

Actions: Uterine stimulant, diuretic, astringent.