The ancient Greeks regarded sorrel as a magical herb because it was used to successfully treat many diseases, such as high fever, rickets in children, scurvy, wounds in the mouth, bladder and kidney problems, etc. Externally it was used as a compress for burns or rubbed into the skin for scabies. We now know that the “magic” of this plant is in its high vitamin C content. Sorrel is not only exceptionally rich in vitamins A, C, and B9, as well as some essential minerals, it also possesses powerful anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. It’s rich in oxalic acid which enables it to arrest metastasizing of cancer cells. However, because of the high oxalic acid content, sorrel may not be suitable for those suffering from rheumatism, and kidney stones. To benefit from this fantastic herb, include it in your diet as often as you can. You can use it as a fresh or dried herb in salads or soups, or as a tea. It adds a lemony flavor to sauces and can replace lemon in salad dressing.
There are different varieties of sorrel, and they are all high in fiber. Dietary fiber is important for good heart health because it helps reduce cholesterol. Besides, sorrel has laxative properties and can help with various digestive disorders. As a tea, it can be used to prevent constipation, bloating and stomach cramps, however, too much can cause diarrhea.
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