Sheep Sorrel can be used as a diuretic, refrigerant and diaphoretic, and the juice extracted from the fresh plant is of use in urinary and kidney problems. Sheep Sorrel is also called sour-grass because of it's sharp taste. Sheep Sorrel is highly praised as a vermifuge. A good supportive for stomach hemorrhage and profuse menstruation. Also extremely effective for kidney, bladder and liver problems such as gravel, stones and jaundice. One of Sheep Sorrel's main claims to fame is its inclusion in the herbal tea, Essiac, which is purported to be effective in the fight against immunity issues.
Sheep Sorrel is much smaller than either French or Garden Sorrel, and is often tinged, especially towards the end of the summer, a deep red hue. It is a slender plant, the stems from 3 to 4 inches to nearly a foot high, often many and tufted, decumbent at the base. The leaves, 1/2 to 2 inches in length, have long petioles and are variable in breadth, mostly narrow-lanceolate, the lower ones hastate and the lobes of the base usually spreading and often divided. It grows in pastures and dry gravelly places in most parts of the globe, except the tropics, penetrating into Arctic and Alpine regions, and is abundant in Britain, where it is sometimes called Field Sorrel. Like the other Sorrels, it is highly acid, though is less active in its properties than the French or Garden species.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
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