Family Name: Polygonaceae
Botanical Name(s): Rumex acetosella
Popular Name(s): Field Sorrel, Red Sorrel, Sour Weed
Parts Used: Herb
Habitat: Sheep's Sorrel is found in North America.
Description: Sheep's Sorrel is a slender plant which grows to a
height of 3 to 4 inches to one foot. The leaves are arrowhead-shaped
with 1/2 to 2 inches in length but vary in breadth. Its flowers bloom
from a tall, upright stem and the female flowers are maroon in colour.
Uses: Sheep's Sorrel is diuretic, refrigerant and diaphoretic in
action. The juice, extracted from the fresh plant, is used in curing
urinary and kidney diseases. It is used in the treatment of
inflammation, cancer treatment, diarrhea, scurvy and fever also.