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One Manís Weed Ö

By Tom Poland

web posted April 29, 2016
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                                                          polandLIFE DOWN SOUTH-- Is another manís wonder. Consider sheepís sorrel. Red and thick, it looks like a crop, but no, itís considered a nuisance weed, but not just any weed.

Over the centuries, people found uses for this perennial that include anti-cancer therapy, a diuretic, an immune system booster, essiac tea, and antioxidant. Its tart, lemony leaves give a salad zing. I suspect Ches McCartney, the fabled Goat Man, was familiar with this so-called weed.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I beheld luxuriant fields of Rumex acetosella on recent drives from the coast and through Georgia. Interspersed with bitterweeds, it rendered fields into fetching paintings, just as it does here. (Hold its leaves up to the sun, and youíll see tiny sparkles.)

Yes, one manís weed is another manís wonder. According to research, itís touted as an anti-cancer therapy (Sloan Kettering disclaimer: ďThere is no evidence that sheep sorrel can treat cancer, diarrhea, scurvy, or any other medical condition.) According to folklore, every part of what many consider a weed finds medicinal uses.
Earlier men saw in it benefits. Most of us today canít identify






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