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.
The type of sorrel popular for medicinal use is Rumex acetosella, commonly called sheep sorrel. Another type, R. acetosa, is more common as a garden plant. Both plants as well as related sorrel species belong to the Polygonaceae family, which is native to Europe and northern Asia and has been naturalized in North America. 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.
Herbalists use the leaves, flowers, roots, and seeds of the sorrel plant. Concentration of active ingredients in the leaves varies with the season and the plant's geographic location. . . . Read More