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Spring Self-care

Introducing Sorrel –.

Sorrel or Rumex Acetosa, also called common Sorrel or Garden Sorrel is in the family Polygonaceae. Sorrel is a common plant in grassland habitats; cultivated as an herb, it is abundant primarily in Spring and Summer. It is an herb high in oxalic acid, and moderation is vital to benefit from this plant. It has large amounts of Vitamin C and iron. It lowers inflammation and is antibacterial as well as anti-parasitic. Its acidic flavor gives soups, salads, and sauces an enticing flavor. There are a few different types of Sorrel which all share that sour characteristic but have different shapes and colors. The most common ones are broadleaf, French, and red-veined Sorrel. Available in farmer's markets, you can also find it in the produce section of many supermarkets. Time and time again, when life gets hard, the most important thing I can do is to nourish my body the best that I can at the moment. Sometimes the energy to do so is simply not there, so choosing ingredients in season and packed with nutrients is one of my go-to tools to take care of myself without having to do too much or add many components or vitamins. There is a simple way to use Sorrel as a seasoning ingredient. Blend some olive oil of your preference with a handful of it; once integrated, put it in a jar away from the light and use it within a few days. This oil is a delicious alternative to just simple olive oil to season your vegetables, fish, or other seafood. I will keep reminding myself of the quote below as I see the beauty of what doesn't seem apparent, enjoying the green ingredients that mother earth is gifting us this Spring. With gratitude, Fiorella

"The beauty does not live out there; the beauty's in my eyes." ― Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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