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Sheep Sorrel ~ Antioxidant Rich, Cancer Preventative ~ 30/09/07

(Rumex acetosella)

Is a very special, easy to grow perennial herb, with attractive small arrow-shaped leaves, which look great as a garnish on a plate. The mild, sour flavour of the leaves add a pleasant lemon-like tang, and a few leaves can be most beneficial served with each meal... for you see, the leaves stimulate the salivary glands of the mouth, and for this reason, eating a few leaves at the commencement of a meal is most beneficial to digestion. Add leaves to toss salads, or try leaves on bread with butter and avocado.

Leaves are valued for powerful tonic and antioxidant action. A natural health practitioner, lecturing regularly on the Sunshine Coast, says this herb is one of the strongest antioxidant herbs we can use, and suggests we use it regularly to benefit our health. Antioxidants have the ability to zap out free radicals caused by foods we eat, pollutants, stresses, and provide a strong line of defence for the immune system.

Sheep sorrel leaves have been valued as a diuretic to remove excess fluid from the body, for urinary and kidney complaints, to strengthen the heart and for many other therapeutic uses. The leaves assist the body in throwing off viral infections. Leaves are very rich in vitamin C. No doubt the high vitamin C content is one reason the plant has been called one of the strongest antioxidant herbs we can use. Sheep sorrel has become very popular and a much sort after herb in the last few years, following the remarkable results of clearing the body of cancerous conditions when used in the Essiac mix . This herbal mix was pioneered by Canadian nurse Rene Caisse who heard of this miraculous mix, a traditional American Indian recipe. Rene has helped thousands of people back to health from cancer. Many people eat sheep sorrel leaves regularly as a cancer preventative.

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