Sorrel: Leafy Greens that Fight Everything from Canker Sores to Cancer

1. INTRODUCTION

I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t had sorrel before because it’s not nearly as commonplace as many other greens, but if you lived in the European Middle Ages, this green herb would likely be used to add a sour yet tasty punch of flavor to your latest meal. However, this was before Europe knew citrus fruit. Sadly, sorrel lost its culinary attraction to the lemon back then, but in recent years it has been making a culinary comeback.

Present day, not only is it added to salads, soups and sauces, but it’s also an essential ingredient in anticancer tonics like Essiac tea! Also impressive — sorrel is a nightshade vegetable commonly used as a natural herbal treatment for infections and inflammation of the sinuses and respiratory tract. So what is it, and why should you consider adding it to your routine? Let’s explore.

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Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is a doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist with a passion to help people get well using food as medicine and operates one of the world's largest natural health websites: www.DrAxe.com. He is the author of the groundbreaking health book Eat Dirt, which uncovers the hidden causes and cures of leaky gut syndrome. Dr. Axe is an expert in digestive health, functional medicine, natural remedies and dietary strategies for healing. He has been featured on many television shows, including the Dr. Oz Show, CBS and NBC, and has his own Eat Dirt program running on select PBS TV stations. Dr. Axe founded one of the largest functional medicine clinics in the world, in Nashville, TN, and has been a physician for many professional athletes. DrAxe.com is one of the most visited websites worldwide for healthy recipes, herbal remedies, nutrition and fitness advice, essential oils, and natural supplements.