SHEEP SORREL (Rumex acetosella) Herb
About this Herb
Sheep sorrel has been historically used to treat inflammation, scurvy, cancer, and diarrhea. It is also one of the four ingredients in Essiac, an alternative cancer treatment.
Sheep sorrel is a perennial plant from the buckwheat family that grows throughout most of the world used to treat a variety of issues.
Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) is an herb that many Americans consider to be just a common weed, particularly in areas where blueberries grow. However, its medicinal uses have been known for quite some time. In fact, it has recently received extra attention for its use in a common cancer tea. Historically, sheep sorrel has been used to treat a variety of issues from inflammation and diarrhea to scurvy and cancer. What’s interesting about this herb is that every single part of the plant can be used medicinally.
Sheep Sorrel Natural Antioxidant Benefits
The sheep sorrel herb has been considered a rich source of vitamin C, E, beta-carotene, and other carotenoids. In fact, in “The New Healing Herb,” sheep sorrel is cited as one of the most potent antioxidant herbs known. Currently, however, it is most well-known within the alternative cancer treatment community as one of the main ingredients in several formulas such as Jon Barron’s Blood Support and René Caisse’s Essiac tea. Incidentally, Essiac is simply Caisse spelled backwards.
Sheep Sorrel for Sinus Related Conditions
Not just a potential cancer treatment, sheep sorrel has other medicinal uses as well. It is commonly used to help reduce the inflammation and pain that accompanies sinusitis. The reason for this is the tannins present in the plant, as they help in decreasing the body’s production of mucus. You might also find this herb in supplements marketed as remedies for infections and bacteria.
Other Natural Health Benefits of Sheep Sorrel
Other health benefits that have been associated with sheep sorrel include:
- helping enhance the flow of urine
- treating fevers and inflammations
- treating kidney and urinary tract diseases
- as a remedy for intestinal parasites
- helping in maintaining the normal levels of blood sugar
- as a topical remedy for eczema, herpes, and itchy rashes
- helping with a variety of digestive problems
- cooling the liver
- strengthening the heart
How to Use Sheep Sorrel
During the spring and summer time, you may find fresh sheep sorrel in your local farmers/growers market. It makes a healthy addition to salads and soups. You may also find it in tincture, capsule, powder or tea form. Please be aware that this herb should not be used on children or pregnant or nursing women. It is also not advised for people with kidney stones, arthritis, rheumatism, endometriosis, gout and hyperacidity. You should also not take this herb with diuretics or laxatives, as it may result in serious potassium loss.
- Boil the water in a 3-quart pan. Toss in the Violet Wood Sorrel and allow the blend to boil really hard until the brew turns deep purple in color.
- Strain out all the leaves and stems and return the liquid to a slow boil, dissolving the honey until the desired sweetness is achieved.
SHEEP SORREL (Rumex acetosella) Herb C/s
These ingredients have been tested and carefully selected by a certified herbalist.
All tonics, loose teas, herbal leaves, and powders should be refrigerated after seal is broken for longest potency and freshness of herbs. Herbal compounds such as tinctures and capsules doesn’t need to be refrigerated and should be stored in a cool, dark place out of direct light. These methods will guarantee the longest potency and freshness. All herbal compounds will have expiration dates on the item packages effective immediately. If Stored correctly these herbal compounds will last far longer than the recommended expiration date.