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All About Sassafras and a Homemade Sassafras Chai Recipe

Sassafras root used to be heavily harvested, but confusion led to a lower use. Let's take a look at what it is, what it's good for, and a yummy Sassafras Chai recipe!


The many uses of Sassafras : steam distillation of dried root bark produces an essential oil consisting mostly of safrole used in soaps, food and aromatherapy. A medicinal root thought to be effective in treating ague (fevers) and STD, with wood was prized for its beauty and durability. The roots of sassafras can be steeped to make tea and can can also be used as an anticoagulant.

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Sassafras - Traditional (Ga-Na-S-Da-Tsi) Native American Tea

Natural food stores carry Sassafras Root in a dried form. It will resemble wood chips. Sassafras tea may act as a diuretic, reducing excess water weight and swelling.


making soap with tea. Interesting idea how the temp of the tea/coffee marks the depth of color you will have in your soap.


Homemade Sassafras Root Beer

Homemade Sassafras Root Beer: 0-40 inches worth of 1/4-inch thick roots from sassafras saplings; 4 c water; 2 cloves; 1/2 tsp anise or fennel seed; 4 allspice berries; 1-inch of stick cinnamon; 1/4 c molasses; 1 c sugar. Scrub roots, chop up. Put in pot with rest of ingredients except molasses and sugar, bring to boil, then simmer 25 minutes. Add molasses simmer 5 more mins. Remove from heat, strain. Add sugar, return to pot and simmer just to dissolve sugar. {Sodastream Syrup}