Sassafras Herbal Remedies
Sassafras is used externally as a wash for poison oak and insect bites. Taken as a tea, sassafras is used as a diaphoretic during colds and flu and is a traditional "blood purifier" taken in the spring as part of a cleansing program. The root bark provides much of the flavor one associates with root beer, and it is used to form an important part of a traditional root beer brew, along with burdock and other cleansing herbs. As a warming diuretic, it is useful for arthritic and rheumatic conditions. Sassafras has a taste of SPICY and a temperature of WARM.
Sassafras Proper Dose
|Sassafras Decoction||1 cup 2-3 x daily|
Sassafras Reference Information
|Latin Name||Sassafras albidum|
|Other Names||Common sassafras|
|Part Used||Root Bark|
|Herb Forms||Bulk herb, tincture.|
|Affects||Blood, Liver, Urinary system|
|Cautions||Not for use during pregnancy. Sassafras contains the essential oil ingredient, safrole, which has demonstrated carcinogenic activity in animals--this has provoked the Food and Drug Administration to restrict the trade of the herb. Many herbalists feel t|
|Botanical Info||An aromatic deciduous tree with broad one-to-three lobed leaves, small yellow flowers, small bright blue fruits in the laurel family.|
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