May 2018 – Sure About Shepherd’s Purse

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Description

 

This plant has a long history of use to stanch bleeding, including during World War I.

Shepherd’s Purse seems to be a funny name for a plant and was so named because of her heart shaped seed pods, known as siliques, which must have reminded early people of the purses that the shepherds carried. The botanical name Capsella bursa-pastoris was an old name that historical writers gave to Shepherd’s Purse and was retained as the botanical name. In Latin, bursa is “bag” while pastoris is “pertaining to a shepherd,” hence the common name Shepherd’s Purse. This tenacious little annual offers more than just pretty little heart shaped seed pods.

In this issue, you’ll learn all about Shepherd’s Purse through the stories, songs, games, crafts, recipes and botany.

Sure About Shepherd’s Purse Table of Contents:

Note to Parents
Supply List
Calendar
Herb Spirit
All About Shepherd’s Purse
Herbal Glossary
Scramble, Search and More: Word Search, Circle the Energetics, List the Vitamins and Minerals, List the Constituents, Word Scramble, Multiple Choice
Herbal Botany
Herbal Lore:  The Gift of the Shepherd’s Purse
Songs and Poems:  Capsella bursa-pastoris, Shepherd’s Purse Seed Show
Herbal Recipes: Shepherd’s Purse Extract, Shepherd’s Purse Tea, Shepherd’s Purse Infused Oil, Shepherd’s Purse Salve, Shepherd’s Purse Poultices
Coloring Page
Herbal Crafts: Drawing/Pressing ofShepherd’s Purse, Shepherd’s Purse Bag, Shepherd’s Purse Seed Wand
How Many Words?
Maze: Can you find your way through theShepherd’s Purse Seed Pod?
Journal: Write your thoughts, medicine making notes and other information about your month with Shepherd’s Purse
Crossword Puzzle
Resources

52 pages from Cover to Cover – PDF downloadable file