Sorrel Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Other Names : Cuckoo sorrow, cuckoo's meate, dock, garden sorrel, greensauce, green sorrel, sour dock, sourgrass, sour sauce, and soursuds.
In the 16th century, people took sorrel to treat fever-a use that continued into the late 19th century. However, concern that it was poisonous limited its use.
Description of the herb Sorrel
Sorrel grows easily from seed planted in early spring. Plant 1/4 inch deep, cover with light soil or sand and keep moist until it germinates, which will be about a week or so. Thin when the seedlings are 2 inches high, spacing the remaining plants about 4 inches apart. You can begin harvesting the leaves when they are 4-6 inches high. Use what you need, but do not let the plant go to seed! You can cut it all the way down, and it will grow back quickly. Sorrel can also be grown in containers or indoors. Sow in the fall for harvesting in the winter. It can be placed in full or partial sun, but if it gets very hot in your zone partial sun may be better. If you live in a mild climate, sorrel will stay green all winter, but will not grow as quickly. Again, be sure to cut it back.
Common doses of Sorrel
Sorrel comes as tea and as juice from fresh plants. Leaves and flowers can be made into tea, and juice from the plant can be diluted in water and taken orally. Experts disagree on what dose to take.
Uses of Sorrel herb
Specifically, sorrel may help to :-
Also, the leaves are very high in vitamin C and have many uses. Young, tender spring leaves can be used as a salad green, and are also used in Cream of Sorrel soup.
Side effects of Sorrel
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of sorrel:
Are there any interactions?
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care practitioner about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you're taking, because sorrel can cause kidney or liver problems when taken with drugs that the kidney or liver processes.
Important points to remember
What the research shows
Herbalists' claims for sorrel lack supporting evidence and the herb's toxic effects have been shown in both animals and people. For these reasons, medical experts warn against using sorrel.
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