Medicinal uses for fresh red sorrel include use of juice to treat urinary and kidney diseases.
Red sorrel is considered an indicator of acidic soil conditions; however, it also thrives in neutral or slightly alkaline soils, especially those low in nitrates.The genus name, Acetosella, means slightly acid. The word 'sorrel' derives from the French, 'sur' meaning sour.
To some, the leaves have a lemon taste. When steeped in hot water and drained, the sugared liquid is said to resemble lemonade.
Red sorrel has been used medicinally to treat boils and skin disorders as well as sore throats. Native Americans used it as an antidote for poison.
Red sorrel has had many household uses, including shining furniture and removing ink spots.