Did you know… Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) is another herb brought here by the English for a garden salad? It is high in vitamin C and was used to prevent scurvy. The fresh herb was also used for urinary and renal dis-eases.
Sheep Sorrel is a member of the ‘dock’ family of plants such as Burdock and Yellowdock and is characterized by its sour taste and arrow shaped leaves.
The herb is reported to improve liver, intestinal and bowel function, prevent destruction of red blood cells and possibly break down tumors.
Its high chlorophyll content carries oxygen through the bloodstream which strengthens the cell walls, helps remove deposits in blood vessels and allows the body to store and use more oxygen.
Sheep Sorrel is one of the four basic herbs included in the famous “Essiac” formula. This formula originated from an Ojibwa Medicine Man. It is combined with other herbs such as Burdock, Slippery Elm and Turkish Rhubarb. The formula was passed on to a Canadian Nurse… Rene Caisse. As recently as 1940-50’s, she was using it (with some modifications for individual needs) for cancer patients with some pretty remarkable results.
Many companies claim to have the ‘original’ formula and may charge a hefty price. You can, however, purchase the herbs in bulk, combine them yourself, and brew your own tea for a lot less.
While there has been much debate and discussion of the effectiveness of herbal medicine, remember that up until the middle of the 20 century, it had been the main source of medicine.
Even in the Bible we are told… “The Lord created medicines from the earth, and a sensible man does not despise them”.
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