Mountain Rose Herbs

Sheep Sorrel Powder

Also known as

Rumex acetosella, Common Sorrel, Garden Sorrel, Dock, and Red Sorrel


Sheep sorrel is widely regarded as a noxious weed with 45 of the fifty states reporting it as an intruder, but the small, creeping plant has a long-standing reputation as a medicinal herb. Sheep sorrel does have some culinary value as a garnish and a tart flavoring agent in salads and soups, and is one of the main ingredients in Chinese hot and sour soup. It is one of the main ingredients in Essiac blend.


Glycosides: Hyperoside, quercitin-3d-galactoside, Anthraquinones: Emodin, aloe emodin, chrysophanol, rhein, physcion, Vitamins: A, B complex, C, D, E, K, Oxalates, tannins

Parts Used

All aerial parts

Typical Preparations

In tea, soup and chilled beverages. As an extract or capsule and commonly found in Essiac.


Sorrel does make a wonderfully cooling beverage and soup, and its tart flavor is a perfect foil for hot and spicy herbs and seeds.


Because sheep sorrel contains oxalic acid, it is recommended that it not be used in large amounts for extended periods of time as it can cause mineral deficiencies and liver damage. People with rheumatism, arthritis, gout or kidney stones should avoid sorrel as it can worsen their conditions.

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