Herbs Guide

Case Wort

Family Name: Cruciferae

Botanical Name(s): Capsella bursa-pastoris

Popular Name(s): Shephards Purse, Cocowort, Shepherd's Heart, Pickpocket, Toywort, St. James' weed, Pepper Grass, Shepherd's Sprout, Mother's Heart

Parts Used: Whole plant

Habitat: Case Wort owes its origin to Europe or West Asia. But it is found in other parts of the world also.

Description: Case Wort is a green plant covered with hairs. Its slender stem is usually sparingly branched and is generally smooth except at the lower part. The plant, at its base, bears a few small, oblong leaves which are arrow shaped. Above them, there exist numerous small, white, inconspicuous flowers. The plant bears wedge-shaped fruit pods, divided by narrow partitions into two cells containing numerous oblong yellow seeds.

Uses: Case Wort is used as an astringent, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary and styptic. It is effective in the treatment of wounds, diarrhoea and other disorders. It has a specific use in stimulating menstrual process.