Use Sassafras Root Tea
Answered by: Christine Dennis
Question from: Wanda
Posted on: March 21, 2008

My boyfriend is clear trees on his property for fencing and some of the trees are sassafras trees. So he’s been boiling some sassafras roots and making tea with them. I want to know more about this root. It has a smell of root beer and something else I just can’t put my finger on it. Some sort of candy, I think. Help

Yes, you are correct!! It has been used in candy, jelly, sodas, pop corn and more.

http://www.rootbeerbarrels.com/sassafras.htm

http://www.oryans.com/oldfasahacas.html

http://www.ohioproud.org/ohioproud/recipes/pappy.pdf

http://wildmanstevebrill.com/Web%20Recipes/SassafrasPeanutSauce.html

Sassafras roots have a long history of used as a spring tonic and cleanser and was also one of the herbs used in the original root beer that was intended for that purpose:

http://www.forevermore.net/rants/Food-Rants/Root-Beer-Recipe.html

It is also used as a thickening agent in the traditional gumbos of the Deep South. See:

http://www.richters.com/show.cgi?page=./QandA/Culinary/19980405-2.html

I used sassafras root in my practice as part of a hormonal regulation tea blend and as a general alterative as a tincture or tea. It adds a wonderful taste to what are normally bitter medicines.

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