Shepherd’s purse (Capsella herba)

It is a herbaceous annual or biennial plant. One of the most common in Bulgaria. It has many uses , mainly acting as a blood-spirit , also blood-cleansing and diuretic action. There is evidence of its use in old culinary recipes. Harvesting of stalks is most common in May , but the collection can be up to September.

Shepherd’s purse tale:

Back in the days when the land was still inhabited by wild beasts and people lived in harmony with nature, there was a shepherd boy named Bayan. He spent his days in the wide meadows, tending his flock of sheep, and knew every corner of the mountains as his home.

Chapter One: The Discovery

One day, while chasing a lost sheep through the thicket, Bayan came across a strange plant with small white flowers, and petal-like pouches. This was the shepherd’s pouch, a plant known among healers but until that moment unknown to the young shepherd.

Chapter Two: Salvation

It wasn’t long before the shepherd boy encountered a challenge. One of the sheep had injured her leg and was bleeding profusely. Remembering the strange plant, Bayan hastily gathered a few stalks from the shepherd’s pouch and applied to the wound. Amazed, the bleeding stopped almost immediately. From then on, he always carried some of this precious plant with him.

 

Chapter Three: the Power of Nature

Over time, Bayan learned more about the many benefits of the shepherd’s bag. He realized that it not only stopped bleeding, but also purified the blood and acted as a powerful diuretic. He began to use the plant to treat many ailments among the flock and the people in the village.

Chapter Four: The Inheritance

Bayan became known among the villages as the shepherd with the magic herbs. In time, he began to share his knowledge of shepherd’s purse and its uses in cooking as it had been used by the ancients. Recipes for potions, salads, and even elixirs spread across the land, thanks to the wisdom and curiosity of one little shepherd.

The shepherd’s pouch became a symbol of the healing power of nature, passed down through the story of a young shepherd who with boldness and inquisitiveness discovered and shared the treasures of his land.

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