Sorrel is valuable because it produces products in early spring, when there is a shortage of fresh vegetables. Per caloric content contains 245 calories per 1 kg of leaves. Sorrel contains protein, carbohydrates, fiber, organic matter of acid (oxalic acid), vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), PP ( niacin), C (ascorbic acid), E (tocopherol), A (beta-carotene), K (phylloquinone), N (biotin).
Sorrel is a rich source of potassium; It also contains calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulfur, iron, iodine, manganese, zinc, copper, fluorine and nitrogenous substances.
Sorrel roots contain up to 4% anthraquinone derivatives, which include chrysophane acid and chrysophanol; 8-15% of tannins of the pyrocatechol group; flavonoids, organic acids, vitamin K, essential oil, resins, iron. It also contains anthraquinone derivatives and tannins in fruits, and flavonoids (hyperoside, rutin and others), ascorbic acid and carotene in the leaves.
In the flowers of the sorrel we find ascorbic acid. All parts of the plant contain a large amount of calcium oxalate. The amount of antraglucosides it contains, although smaller, remains large enough to consider sorrel as a valuable medicinal raw material. The plant has antibacterial activity.
It should be remembered that young sorrel leaves are more nutritious and healthy (in them, malic and citric acids predominate), and older ones when cooked require the addition of chalk to precipitate oxalic acid. For this, one gram of chalk per kilogram of leaves is sufficient.
Acid sorrel leaves improve digestion, have analgesic, healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-toxic, astringent and anti-zingotic effects. And its decoction is used for indigestion, it also has choleretic, which helps improve liver and antiallergic function, helps with acne and itchy skin, action.
It is believed that the main objective of sorrel is to eliminate the unpleasant manifestations of menopause, you just need to use it systematically, then it becomes faster and easier. The broth should be taken 7 days a month before menstruation (then it will be painless, without nervous tension, the stool is not abundant, sleep is strong, nerves rest). Prepare 1 tablespoon of dried leaves in a glass of boiling water, insist 1 hour, drink a third of the glass 3 times a day half an hour before meals.
Sorrel is also useful for infertility. The recipe is just as simple: pour 1 tablespoon of sorrel with a glass of boiling water, boil for 1 minute over low heat and insist until it cools. Drink a third glass 3 times a day half an hour before meals. If we add knotweed and mummy to the infusion of sorrel, the effect of the treatment will be faster.
The decoction of acid sorrel leaves improves bile formation, improves liver function, is prescribed for bleeding or inclinations towards them, as well as for various rashes and itchy skin, as an antiallergic.
Horse sorrel roots are used for liver diseases, dysentery, pulmonary and uterine bleeding, to relieve feces, hemorrhoids and anal fissures, externally for burns, wounds, stomatitis, gingivitis and various skin diseases.