Organic, U.S.-Grown Herbs - Sheep Sorrel root included
ABOUT SHEEP SORREL, INCLUDING THE "VERY ESSENTIAL" ROOT
Sheep Sorrel is a rhizome and spreads naturally. I've written about the rare commodity, Sheep Sorrel root, taking at least three years to grow a crop of medicinal quality roots for purpose intended. Younger roots have less potency and flavor. The roots are spindly, light yellow and quite fragile.When mature, the roots are larger, very bitter and tougher, being a darker yellow. The roots ideally should be harvested in the Autumn, after first frost and before the ground freezes or early Spring immediately after the ground thaws.
The tasty green leaves have a lemon like flavor. However, I once made a tea of just root and the taste was so awfully bitter, I could not drink another sip. Fortunately the other herbs used mellow the flavor dramatically.
Cancer Nurse Rene Caisse wrote to Dr. in 1974, "The herb that will destroy a cancer is the dog-eared sheep sorrel, sometimes called sourgrass. The entire plant must be used". Ref. ESSIAC, THE SECRETS OF RENE CAISSE'S HERBAL PHARMACY, p. 28]
For more information on growing & harvesting methods, visit our Essiac_tea.org page.
Sheep Sorrel Root
In many area's, Sheep Sorrel
is considered an invasive plant. Yet if more people used this God given weed, we would be much healthier for it.
We also grow our own Turkey Rhubarb (rheum palmatum tanguticum) which is the best tasting rhubarb root. Rene Caisse switched from Indian Rhubarb to Turkey Rhubarb due to the many complaints of the Indian Rhubarb taste and smell. (Turkey rhubarb originated in the mountains of China and Indian rhubarb originated from Indonesia--two completely different climates, two different herbs.) I'll never forget the first Turkey Rhubarb root I laid my eyes on. It was very red and as large as a bat.
Standard farm equipment cannot harvest plants from roots. The whole plant is harvested by hand & the root cut from the crown and plant on both Sheep Sorrel and Turkey Rhubarb, a very time consuming, labor intensive process,. The optimum maturity for Sheep Sorrel root is three years. The Sheep Sorrel root is quite small, and more so once dried. For these reasons it is very difficult to find credible sheep sorrel root, internet or otherwise.
We would love to encourage people to grow all the herbs in the Essiac Tea Blend. Not only does one have to think long term for planting, growing and harvesting, but there is an ever increasing demand because it works. We need more humanitarian projects on our Earth, and farming these herbs will create wellness and gratification in knowing you can be the source of this miracle tea.