Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Trying Something New: Sorrel

Have you ever tried Sorrel?  I had not until this weekend.  One of the booths very close to me sells REAL homemade juices and teas.  On Sunday I drank one of the varieties of juice containing beets, carrots, avocado, apple, carrot, banana, ginger, tumeric and MORE but I can't remember.   It was delicious!
Sorrel
The tea was another amazing concoction with Sorrel, ginger, lemongrass, tumeric, cinnamon, clove, citrus, lavender and MORE.  Again...I can't remember.

Which brings me to Sorrel.  I purchased a pound of homegrown, dried Sorrel to make my own tea.

From webmd:
Sorrel is used for reducing sudden and ongoing pain and swelling (inflammation) of the nasal passages and respiratory tract, for treating bacterial infections along with conventional medicines, and for increasing urine flow (as a diuretic). Sorrel is also an ingredient in the herbal cancer treatment Essiac.

In combination with gentian root, European elder flower, verbena, and cowslip flower, sorrel is used orally for maintaining healthy sinuses and treating sinusitis.

From Healthzine:
The sorrel plant contains nutraceleuticals, which are said to be helpful to people’s health. Nutraceleuticals can help prevent and treat several diseases including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer. A group of compounds known as flavonoids are present in red sorrel, which are known to be anti-oxidants. The flavonoids are also what makes is a good deterrent against specific types of cancer. The immune system is also enhanced due to the flavonoids. Sorrel contains high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.

The anti-oxidant properties in the sorrel plant can help fight the signs of aging. It can help protect against free radical damage that can leave the skin looking aged and wrinkled. Free radicals also have a hand in causing stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, along with many other problems.

When used as a dried herb, the leaves of the sorrel plant can be used to treat itchy skin, fever, scurvy, and ringworm. Sorrel can be cut thinly and sprinkled over soups and salads to help relieve these ailments. Even if you don’t suffer from these issues, sorrel makes a great addition to a meal. Sorrel can be incorporated into meals as a sauce, that can go over fish or chicken dishes.

When taken in the form of a tea, this herb is helpful in treating jaundice and kidney stones. The liquid that comes out of the leaves can be used to help certain rashes. When the leaves are consumed dry and fresh, it acts as a diuretic and can clear out the body’s system. As a result of this “cleansing” the prostate benefits and can work more efficiently. Sorrel has also been used to treat hemorrhages when combined with the seeds and roots of the plant.
 
And there you have it!  Stay tuned for my Sorrel Tea Recipe!

10 comments:

  1. YUM! I love trying new teas - I'll have to try to find some of this... sounds like it is very beneficial, too!

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  2. It looks similar to hibiscus buds, can you compare the taste to anything? Never heard of it sounds like a good find.

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    1. It tastes very much like hibiscus.
      The tea I made had chopped apple, lemongrass, cinnamon, honey, chopped (fresh) turmeric, ginger, sorrel and morenga leaf. It's delicious!!!!! Tastes a lot like spices hibiscus tea.

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  3. Interesting! I need to find a market where I can buy things like this!

    Thanks for sharing on A Humble Bumble's Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop.
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

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  4. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursdays Favorite Things Blog Hop.
    Angel

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  5. Sounds interesting... I'm not always a fan of hot teas but I'm coming around. :D I'm Kaycee from Crafty Zoo with Monkeys. I wanted to stop by and thank you for linking up in the Journeys of the Zoo Blog Lovin' Hop! Hope you have a fabulous day

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  6. Good info! I used to grow sorrel in one of my beds because it's one of the first greens in the spring. I had a feeling it was used as a tonic.

    Thanks for linking up to Fabulously Frugal Thursday!

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  7. I've bought a hibiscus tea from Badia brand. It's called sorrel in the Caribbean. The blend you described sounds fantastic!

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  8. Hi Mary! I grew up with Sorrel and I love it..since I moved to Mi I've only been able to find the dried flowers, missed picking them from my own back yard, I have a recipe on my blog for Hibiscus Tea or Agua de Jamaica. Check it out Very Berry Hibiscus Cooler, a copycat of the one sold at the Coffee House with the Mermaid, lol...I published it in 3/21/13 perhaps you will give it a try! Have a great weekend!

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  9. Mary, this is really good information to have. I am trying to stock up on herbal medicinals and have been looking for things just like this. I just popped over from RealFood Fridays, and enjoy your link. I'd love to have you drop by and visit me sometime at www.kneadedcreations.com Deb @ Kneaded Creations

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