Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Shepherd's Purse
Common name:

Shepherd's Purse

Synonym name:

Hebrew name:

ילקוט הרועים

Scientific name:

Capsella bursa pastoris


Brassicaceae or mustard

Arabic name:

קיס אל-ראני / סננויה

annual plant
0.25-0.50 m
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Flowering period:
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Grow in almost all regions of the country: in roadsides, near buildings, in open fields, in gardens, and riverbanks.
Plant Description
Shepherd's purse is a small annual plant from the Brassicaceae or mustard family. The Stem erect from the center of the leaves rosette. The flowers are small, they are raised in the head of the stems and in the color white. The fruit is a small pod, similar in its shape to a heart.
In folk medicine the plant has many uses, but it seems that his main effect is on the blood circulation. It is used as a remedy for internal bleeding: in the stomach, kidneys, lungs and nose. It is also recommended against menstrual cramps, because it affects the internal contractions of the uterus and reduces the flow of blood. 
The plant is known as a stimulant of urine, prevents urinary tract burns and heals wounds in the bladder. It also works against intestinal pain; helps heal hemorrhoids, dysentery, diarrhea and jaundice.
How to use
Boil a handful of leaves and stems in water for about 10 min. the water quantity: one glass. Drain the decoction and let it cool.
When bleeding from the nose : Soak a piece of cotton into the decoction and stuff it into the bleeding nostril.
The decoction is also effective against menstrual pain and bleeding in the urinary tract. amounts that are Recommended: 2-1 teaspoons of the decoction per day.
This plant does not appear in Israel planetary sources. Some of Mishnah plant researchers tend to identify the plant with the "tsnonot (radishes)" that from their seed was produced oil "and sages allow... radish oil" (Shabbat 2, 2). Many similar names, throughout the world, were given to that plant, because of its fruit shape that resembles to a heart or a satchel. One special name of the plant is: 'the goddess womb'.