Historical archives of folk medicine in both Europe and the US repeatedly mention sheep sorrel. As early as 1740, medicinal use of the herb for patients was legally sanctioned.
Sheep Sorrel contains abundant chlorophyll, the green pigment of plant blood, and contributes to the transport of ample oxygen to the cells. This can be wonderful in helping to maintain cell integrity in situational exposed cell damage (incurred for example from radiation from use of x-rays). Powerful anti-oxidative effects of carotenoids have also been demonstrated.
This magical herb also provides oxygen to tissue at the deep cellular level. It also provides strong structural immune support. It also has a long history of traditional use as an astringent, diuretic and mild laxative. This herb also contains constituents including beta carotene, tartaric acid, oxalates (oxalic acid), anthraquinones (chrysophanol, emodin, and rhein), glycosides like hyperoside, the quercitin-3d-galactoside. The plant is native to Eurasia but has been introduced to most of the rest of North America, it is considered a common weed in fields, grasslands, and woodlands.
Sheep sorrel provides a number of vitamins and minerals. These include about 60 milligrams of vitamin C in 1 cup of chopped leaves and over 5,000 international units of vitamin A, plus small amounts of several B vitamins in the same-size serving. The herb also contains calcium, with about 60 milligrams per cup, and more than 500 milligrams of potassium, along with some magnesium, phosphorus and a small amount of zinc. In addition, sheep sorrel contains a number of natural phytochemicals, including several flavonoids such as quercetin, which have antioxidant properties. It also provides other compounds called anthraquinones, additional antioxidants that can benefit your digestive tract.
Sheep sorrel contains antioxidant flavonoids that help remove potentially damaging free radicals from your body. These chemicals form in your organs and tissues as a result of normal digestion and they develop in your skin and eyes when exposed to sunlight. Free radicals also form when you are exposed to environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke and some industrial chemicals. Over time, they can damage your cellular membranes and DNA, raising your risk of cancer, heart disease and other disorders. Antioxidants stabilize free radicals, rendering them harmless so your body can rid itself of them. In addition, the anthraquinones in sheep sorrel increase muscular activity and fluid secretion in your intestines, helping stimulate movement of food through your digestive tract and preventing constipation.
This herb is used most famously as an ingredient in Essiac formula for cancer!
Side Effects: Not for long term use. Should be avoided by those with arthritis, gout or kidney stones because it contains oxalic acid.