Botanical Name: Rumex acetosella
- English: Sheep Sorrel
- Ayurvedic: Chukrikaa, Chuko
- Unani: Hammaaz, Shaaka-turshak, Tursh, Jangali Paalak.
- Also, known as: Meadow Sorrow, Sour grass, Red Top Sorrel, Wood Sour, Sour Trefoil, Stickwort, Fairy bells, Hallelujah, Cuckowes meat, Three-leaved Grass, Surelle stubwort, Gowke-meat, Pain de Coucou, Seamsog, Iuliole
Parts Used: Flower, Leaves, Stems
Sheep sorrel plant introduced from Europe and now widely distributed in North America. Sorrel is a name applied to several unrelated plants having in their leaves an acid sap that gives them a sour flavor. It is a low perennial, sprouting from slender running rootstocks, and has red pigment in root, inflorescences, and often in leaves, which are halberd to linear-shaped. The plants are one-sexed and either pollen or seed-bearing. It is a little plant of a far more delicate, even dainty character, growing abundantly in woods and shady places. From its slender, irregular creeping rootstock covered with red scales, it sends up thin delicate leaves, each composed of three heart-shaped leaflets, a beautiful, bright green above, but of a purplish hue on their under surface. If roots are planted in a moist, shady border, they will multiply freely, and if kept clean from weeds will thrive and need no other care.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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