Friday, January 11, 2013

Sorrel leaves

Sorrel leaves:

Sorrel Leaves are high in vitamin A and it also contains calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C. The leaves are mainly used in soups and salads. The tastes of the leaves are sour because of oxalic acid. Sorrel leaves classified into two categories (Red, White) based on stem color.

Nutritional benefits of Sorrel:
  • Sorrel leaves acts as a medicine in increasing eyesight due to the presence of high amounts of Vitamin-A.    
  • Sorrel leaves are rich in Vitamin-C and prevents scurvy disease.    
  • Sorrel is a good source of iron, calcium, and magnesium.    
  • Applying Sorrel leaves mixed with Neem Leaves on wounds and swellings will give positive results.
  • Heat Sorrel Leaves and applying Castor oil will reduce scrotal swelling and insomnia.    
  • For curing Lumps and boils on your skin, boil sorrel leaves and apply on affected parts.    
  • Sorrel leaves are energy booster for the liver. It will improve liver functionality.
  • Sorrel leaves will cure constipation, when we cook it as a wet recipe.    
  • Sorrel leaves will eliminate Night Blindness (moon blindness or nyctalopia).    
  • Dried Sorrel Leaves mixed with vinegar will guard against skin itching, ring worms, sour throat.    
  • Due to its high traces of Vitamin-C it boosts body immune system.    
  • Sorrel leaves have an astringent property which fights against hemorrhage, gonorrhea and urinary tract infections.    
  • A sorrel leaf is an antidote for scorpion poison.    
  • Due to the presence of antioxidants (protocatechuic acid) will fight against free radicals in the body (Detoxification) and remove toxins from the blood, avoids cell damage and prevent premature ageing.     
  • Sorrel leaves have anti-bacterial property acts as a shield from bacteria.    
  • Consuming Sorrel leaves in tea will reduce blood pressure.    
  • Sorrel leaves are rich in calcium and aids bone health.    
  • Sorrel leaves are rich in oxalic acid so it acts as a powerful anti-cancer and anti-tumor.    
  • Sorrel leaves are rich in flavonoids (antioxidants), used for curing certain types of cancers and acts as anti-diarrheal, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-cancer and anti-allergic.    
  • The ancients used sorrel leaves for hair treatment and bald head.    
  • Sorrel leaves are natural laxative, need to consume in small amounts.     
Cautions with Sorrel:  
  • Don't consume high amount of sorrel Leaves due to its high oxalic acid content there are some predictions of creating Kidney stones, Diarrhea, Nausea and vomiting, Skin irritation, Dizziness, Liver disease. Aged sorrel leaves also have high amounts of oxalic acid.  Sorrel leaves have a property to produce heat in the body.
  • People suffering from piles disease are not preferred to consume.
  • Don't consume if you are suffering from Skin Diseases, Asthma, and Long running cough.
  • Don't cook sorrel leaves in Aluminum or Iron vessels. Sorrel leaves react with those metals and forms toxins.
Juices with Sorrel: 
  • Sorrel Leaves + water drinking daily reduce the risk of heart disease. It significantly reduces the cholesterol in the blood. 
  • Sorrel leaves + Sorrel flowers + Cow Buttermilk Juice will fight against jaundice and prevents stomach ulcers, Sun stroke.  

Recipes using Sorrel:


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