Sheep Sorrel

Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

Sheep sorrel is an edible leafy green that was considered by early herbalists to be a drying and cooling agent.

Rich in vitamins, it was used historically to treat scurvy and other scrofulous skin disorders.

It contains antioxidant flavonoids that may help remove free radicals from the body, and is a digestive stimulant, astringent and diuretic. It may also be used as an ingredient in cancer treatment.

As it is high in oxalates, the plant should not be consumed in excess in its raw form, especially by those with kidney disorders.

Part used

Root, herb and seed


Cooling, drying, sour


Antibacterial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant


Digestion, high blood pressure, cancer


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Sheep sorrel is used in our Essiac Tea.