So today I'm going to talk a little about Sassafras.
I'd heard that sassafras root was used for tea and for medicinal uses, but I was shocked to find out how deadly this plant can be.
- Constituent in root beer and sarsparilla
- Treatment for gonorrhea and syphilis
- For pain relief and antisepsis and as an anticoagulant (prevents blood from clotting)
- To treat a variety of sicknesses, such as scruvy, menstrual problems, fevers, joint problems, for tooth problems, among many other things.
- To ward off evil spirits
- Sassfrass root tea and oil containing the compound safrole can cause permanent liver damage and different types of cancer. Some of the effects build over time and aren't apparent, to say, root tea drinkers.
- Safrole can be used to produce MDMA (Ecstasy)
- Sassafras extracts without safrole are still used in making root beer, teas, and to flavor microbrews
- Sassafrass leaves, bark, and fruit are eaten by a lot of wildlife, including deer, groundhogs, turkeys, bears and woodpeckers.
Do you guys know sassafras?
References: Here and here and here.
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