(Herbs Wiki) Sheep Sorrel

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Sheep Sorrel Scientific Names and Common Names,Sheep Sorrel Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Sheep Sorrel Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Herbs Wiki) Sheep Sorrel


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Nutrient Content | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Rumex acetosella L.Rumex acetosa L.PolygonaceaeBuckwheat family

Common Names

Common field sorrel
Common sorrel
Garden sorrel
Meadow sorrel
Red top sorrel
Suan-mo (Chinese name)
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Parts Usually Used

Fresh leaves and shoots.
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Sorrel is a slender, smooth, sour-tasting, perennial plant, 4-12 inches high; with a clump of dark green, arrow shaped basal leaves and an erect, leafy flowering stem, grows from 1 to 3 feet high and bears alternate, light-green leaves that are oblong or oblong-oval in shape and range from long-petioled at the bottom to nearly sessile at the top of the plant. They have two pointed lobes at the base and may be obtuse or pointed at the apex. Tiny greenish or reddish flowers grow in whorls in narrow elongated spikes, male on one plant, female on another, bloom in panicled racemes from May to August. Blooms are followed by tiny, shiny brown, three-angled nutlets enclosed by calyces.
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Where Found

Very common in damp meadows, in yards, grassland and fields, along roads and shorelines, usually on acid soils, in Europe and Asia, throughout much of the United States and Canada, except the far north and south.
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Medicinal Properties

Antiscorbutic, astringent, diuretic, laxative, febrifuge, vermifuge
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Biochemical Information

Citric, malic and oxalic acids, tannin, vitamin C and iron
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Sorrel is a name applied to several unrelated plants having in their leaves an acid sap that gives them a sour flavor.

An outmoded use for the extract of sorrel leaves is as a stain remover on linen cloth. An ancient Chinese belief was that sorrel juice could remove freckles.
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A decoction of the root has been used for hemorrhage in the stomach, diarrhea, and for excessive menses. For mouth ulcers and sore throat, fever, inflammations, scurvy, expel worms, kills putrefaction in the blood, a tea made from the leaves and flowers and taken with honey is good. Leaves poulticed (after roasting) for tumors, wens (sebaceous cysts), folk remedy for cancer. Sorrel leaves sometimes are used like spinach in the springtime.

xternally, a tea from the herb can be used as a wash to treat skin diseases. As a lotion, the infusion will heal boils, abscesses, and sores. A poultice from the leaves reduces inflammation. Not recommended for anyone suffering from rheumatism, jaundice, scurvy, scrofula, gout, or kidney stones, as it contains oxalic acid.

Can also be used in salads to prevent scurvy.
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Formulas or Dosages

Use the fresh plant.

Infusion: steep 1 oz. of the cut herb in a cup of hot water.

Drink cold to reduce fevers.
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Nutrient Content

Vitamin C and iron
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May cause poisoning in large doses, due to the high oxalic acid and tannin content.
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