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Weeds are free in nature and in the garden - for example the sorrel. Similar to other 'weeds' it is edible and medicinal. A juice from its leaves has an enormously high active ingredient content…

Wood sorrel juice is an ancient remedy for numerous ailments

An old remedy from folk medicine

Considered a weed by many gardeners these days, this herb has been known to have medicinal properties for many centuries. Already around 150 BC it was used in Greece.

In the Middle Ages, sorrel was popular for preparing soups and salads and was also used as a substitute for spinach. Nowadays, folk medicine knows it above all as the remedy of choice for stomach problems.

Make sorrel juice

You need fresh wood sorrel to make it. It grows in spring. The best collection time is in the growth phase, just before and during the flowering period. This is usually between March and May. Wood sorrel often also grows in winter in this country. Collect the individual leaves and stems!

At home you can wash the sheets if they are dirty. After that, they should be drained. The leaves are then juiced. Hand juicers and electric juicers are suitable for this. If you don't have a juicer, you can put the leaves in a blender with water, mix and pour the mixture through a sieve. Then win a diluted juice.

Warning: not too much of a good thing!

Remember: wood sorrel contains oxalic acid and is poisonous in large quantities! The juice should therefore not be drunk pure, but only diluted with water or tea (three times the amount of water/tea).

Alternatively, you can take it drop by drop (3 to 5 drops per hour). Anyone who suffers from osteoporosis or has a calcium deficiency should generally not take sorrel juice! He's a calcium thief.

Application examples for sorrel juice

Wood sorrel has anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antipyretic, cholagogue, refreshing, metabolism-stimulating and blood-forming effects. It can be used internally or externally for:

  • heartburn
  • parasites like worms
  • rashes
  • Skin conditions such as ulcers and acne
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as cramps and flatulence
  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
  • gallstones
  • states of shock
  • Antidote for mercury poisoning


If wood sorrel doesn't grow where you live, ask your neighbors in the garden or go to the forest in spring to collect it.

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