Benefits of Sassafras

Sassafras is common throughout the U.S. Almost all parts are aromatic.

The ROOT BARK and the BARK of the TREE is mostly used. The woody root is usually sold in the form of chips. The pith in the young shoots (the spongy part) abounds in a gummy matter which it readily imparts to water, forming a limpid mucilage. Gather the pith in the spring and allow to dry.

The root bark is the most popular. The odor is highly fragrant; its taste sweetish and gratefully aromatic. Its medicinal properties are extracted by water and alcohol.

It is most convenient in the form of an infusion and drunk instead of coffee and tea. This is the popular spring tonic. Pick in the spring when the bark has the greatest strength.

It has been particularly recommended as an alterative in rheumatism, especially chronic, gout, skin eruptions, scrofula, scorbutic and syphilitic affections.

Sassafras influences the glandular system and has some reputation in varicose ulcers. Also used as an aromatic in spasms and pains in the region of the heart. In these latter cases, it must be given in warm infusion.

A volatile oil is distilled from the root bark. It is used for scabies and other contagious eruptions. It is a good stimulant for bruises, congestions, inflammations, rheumatism and neuralgic swellings. It is often used to relieve toothache.

A good stimulating liniment is made as follows: all oil, sassafras, cloves, cinnamon, of equal parts.

A poultice of the infusion, with added red elm, is valuable for all sores, bruises, congested swellings, chronic abscesses, ulcers, etc.

Drink the infusion at the same time.

Sassafras chips are also used to quite an extent.

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