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DIY: Shepherd’s Purse Tincture

admin June 19, 2015

Written by Kate Tietje and updated by Sarena-Rae Santos in February of 2024. 

Shepherd’s purse tincture is another that was recommended to me to have on hand for when my baby is born.  Shepherd’s purse is excellent at stopping bleeding, both internally and topically — which means it’s excellent for hemorrhage.

Of course, it’s also good for cuts that are bleeding.  And it can be used to help with heavy/painful periods and urinary tract infections (it’s a diuretic).

It can, in larger doses, cause uterine contractions (So don’t use it in pregnancy! Reserve for after birth.) Rarely, it can contribute to blood clots.  So be cautious and use small doses!

Shepherd’s Purse Tincture


  • 4 tbsp. shepherd’s purse
  • 2 oz. 100-proof vodka

Step 1: Add the shepherd’s purse to a 4-oz. glass jar.

Step 2: Pour vodka over it.

Step 3: Cover and shake to combine.  Let this sit in a cool, dark place for 6 weeks.  Strain through cloth and bottle in dark brown glass.

Usage: Take only a few drops internally as needed.  Use more if needed, but start small.  Do not use it during pregnancy.

This is awesome if you are hemorrhaging postpartum.  First, take Angelica tincture in case of retained placenta to encourage it to come out — or anything else that may be causing the bleeding.  Then, follow up with shepherd’s purse.  Use only tiny doses, and be sure that nothing has been retained because stopping the bleeding when something is still inside could lead to infection.  Consult an herbalist if you are unsure of use.

For other uses, start with only 5 – 10 drops as needed for UTIs or painful periods.  It can be mixed with cramp bark for painful periods.  Make sure to drink plenty of water along with it, especially in the case of UTIs.

Have you ever taken a shepherd’s purse tincture?

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  1. […] infection and other problems associated with retained placentas.  It’s to be followed with shepherd’s purse tincture to stem bleeding (but do not use shepherd’s purse until after angelica and once the placenta […]


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