Shepherd’s Purse tea is made from a medicinal plant used traditionally in easing menstrual symptoms, treating water retention, dysentery and eye afflictions. It has the property of enhancing coagulation and constricting blood vessels. The plant has small white flowers, pointed, arrow-shaped leaves and gets its name from the resemblance of its heart-shaped seed-pouches with an old-fashioned leather purse.
Shepherd’s Purse Tea Brewing
In order to brew Shepherd’s Purse tea, you must bring 300 ml of water to a boil, add 10 grams of the herb and let it steep for 30 minutes, then drain it.
Shepherd’s Purse Tea Health Benefits
Shepherd’s Purse tea is reputed for its ability to stop internal and external bleeding. In Europe, people have been using the beverage to stop stomach haemorrhage and to treat urinary tract bleeding. Midwives used it to prevent post-partum bleeding.
Shepherd’s Purse tea has anti-inflammatory properties which may account for its traditional use in the treatment of haemorrhoids and wounds. Shepherd’s Purse tea is also an effective natural remedy for blood pressure problems or irregular heartbeat. It can be applied externally on wounds and burns.
Shepherd’s Purse Tea Side Effects
There are no reported side effects ofShepherd’s Purse tea consumption, but it is advisable to ask the opinion of a specialist before drinking it, especially if you are taking any medications. Excessive intake of this beverage may interfere with blood pressure and thyroid drugs.
Pregnant women are not advised to consume Shepherd’s Purse tea, because it can cause uterine contractions and miscarriage. People suffering from kidney or liver diseases should also avoid Shepherd’s Purse tea.