A member of the mustard family, shepherd’s purse is a plant with a magical history. Originally from the Mediterranean, Shepherd’s Purse has spread throughout the world. Its magical purposes include protection against bleeding wounds and protection from disease or ailment because of its therapeutic qualities as a styptic (a chemical that can stop bleeding when applied to a lesion). Burn Shepherd’s Purse along with bay leaves, cinnamon, and juniper berries to bring prosperity. Then, save the ash in a tiny jar and carry it around for good luck.
Medical texts from the Middle Ages recommended this easily accessible plant to halt bleeding because of its heart-shaped leaves, which mimic the typical leather wallets worn by shepherds. The seeds are swallowed in China to enhance vision.
Self-will and self-esteem can be helped by using the dried magical herb shepherd’s purse. It will increase emotional fortitude. Wisdom, bravery, intuition, self-awareness, and inner strength are all qualities that Shepherd’s Purse is particularly good at giving to women who have trouble speaking up for themselves. Shepherd’s Purse works well as a poultice or salve to treat superficial burns and to care for wounds. Shepherd’s Purse can be included in a herb bath after childbirth to encourage mother-baby bonding.