Sheep Sorrel, Wild Sour Grass, or Rumex Acetosella is a powerful herb that has been used for centuries for treating all kinds of health problems. Sheep Sorrel is also the main herb used in Essiac Tea for treating cancer.
Growth – Sheep Sorrel grows as a tall weed with lots of reddish looking seeds. It grows wild in Europe, the US, Asia, and lots of other places in the world… and it’s related to the French Sorrel used in cooking.
Parts Used – Every part of the plant from roots, stems, leaves, and berries can be used.
Contains – Sheep Sorrel contains lots of great Vitamin C which is a great antioxidant, and also Vitamin A another powerful antioxidant. Also B Vitamins for vitality and good mood, plus Vitamin K to prevent excess clotting, phosphorus and calcium for strong bones, magnesium for enzyme production, and zinc for preventing colds and flues.
Saponins – Sheep Sorrel contains lots of great saponin compounds such as quercetin and anthraquinones, and tannins that help to prevent cancer and are powerful antioxidants.
Antioxidants – Sheep Sorrel helps to prevent DNA damage and gets rid of free radicals thus slowing the aging process.
Scurvy – Sheep Sorrel is also a great source of Vitamin C thus it helps to combat scurvy. In this day and age scurvy is not a problem for most people… but it’s good to know that a common weed contains a large amount of Vitamin C just in case we need it – around 60 mgs per cup of the leaves.
GI Tract – Sheep Sorrel contains anthraquinones which has been shown in studies to retain water in your intestines… and also increase peristalsis of the intestines thus helping to prevent constipation.
Antibacterial and Antiviral– Sheep Sorrel contains agents that kill bacteria and has been used for treating staph, E. coli, and salmonella infections… and Sheep Sorrel fight viral infections.
Liver – Sheep Sorrel also helps to maintain and rejuvenates the liver… and detoxes the liver.
Diuretic – Sheep Sorrel is a mild diuretic that rids the body of excess water and detoxes the body.
Immune Booster – Sheep Sorrel also boosts your immune system so you can fight off disease.
Inflammation – Sheep Sorrel is a natural and mild anti-inflammatory agent, thus helping with arthritis, colds, flues, fevers, and inflammation in the body in general.
Skin Problems – Sheep Sorrel used as a bathing agent helps with hives, herpes, poison ivy, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin problems.
Mouth Problems – Sheep Sorrel used as a paste or gargle also works well for mouth ulcers, sore throats, and other problems.
Cancer – Sheep Sorrel contains lots of anticancer agents that prevent and kill cancer cells. Sheep Sorrel contains rutin which is a good antioxidant and anticancer agent, also betacarotene which creates more “T” cells that help to kill cancer. It also has the ability to help dissolve tumors and break them down. Most people recommend making a tea of the entire plant for treating cancer.
Food – Sheep Sorrel is sold as a pungent, sweet, sour, dried berry, and a lemony flavored green that many people love. And it’s safe to use in normal amounts in cooking soups, stews, and other dishes… and it can also be used in salads.
Dose – Many recommend a tincture of Sheep Sorrel that can be taken 3 times a day – 6 to 12 drops. As a tea most people recommend taking Sheep Sorrel and adding 1 1/2 teaspoon per quart of hot water, then letting it steep for 15 minutes, and drinking 1 to 3 cups per day.
Side Effects – Large doses of Sheep Sorrel can cause diarrhea and cramps. And Sheep Sorrel does contain oxalates… so check with your doctor.
Ordering – You can google “Buy Sheep Sorrel” and lots of products will come up that you can order on-line, or you can ask for it at your local health food store.
Feel Free to Share – This information is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
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