Sassafras Tea Recipe

Serve this Sassafras Tea Recipe hot or cold over ice, with lemon and mint sprig.


| March/April 2014


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Sassafras Tea Recipe

4 pieces sassafras root, 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch diameter
2 quarts water
Sugar or honey

Gather sassafras root. Wash roots and cut saplings off where green and where root stops.

Bring water to a boil and add roots. Simmer until water turns deep brownish red (the darker, the stronger).

Strain through coffee filter into pitcher, to prevent sediment.

Add sugar or honey to taste.

Denise
1/10/2018 8:53:08 AM

BEFORE CONSIDERING BREWING THIS TEW PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFO FROM THE WEBMD WEBSITE.: "Sassafras seems safe in foods and beverages if it is “safrole-free.” However, it is UNSAFE for use as a medicine. Don’t take it by mouth or put it on your skin. The safrole in sassafras root bark and oil can cause cancer and liver damage. Consuming just 5 mL of sassafras oil can kill an adult. Even “safrole-free” sassafras used in medicinal amounts has been linked with tumors. Sassafras can cause sweating and hot flashes. High amounts can cause vomiting, high blood pressure, hallucinations, and more severe side effects. It can cause skin rashes when used on the skin. Special Precautions & Warnings: It is UNSAFE for anyone to use sassafras in medicinal amounts, but some people have extra reasons not to use it: Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don’t use sassafras if you are pregnant. There is evidence that sassafras oil might cause a miscarriage. Children: Sassafras is UNSAFE for children. A few drops of sassafras oil may be deadly. Surgery: In medicinal amounts, sassafras can slow down the central nervous system. This means it can cause sleepiness and drowsiness. When combined with anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery, it might slow down the central nervous system too much. Stop using sassafras at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. Urinary tract conditions: Sassafras might make these conditions worse.


Denise
1/10/2018 8:42:04 AM

BEFORE CONSIDERING BREWING THIS TEW PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFO FROM THE WEBMD WEBSITE.: "Sassafras seems safe in foods and beverages if it is “safrole-free.” However, it is UNSAFE for use as a medicine. Don’t take it by mouth or put it on your skin. The safrole in sassafras root bark and oil can cause cancer and liver damage. Consuming just 5 mL of sassafras oil can kill an adult. Even “safrole-free” sassafras used in medicinal amounts has been linked with tumors. Sassafras can cause sweating and hot flashes. High amounts can cause vomiting, high blood pressure, hallucinations, and more severe side effects. It can cause skin rashes when used on the skin. Special Precautions & Warnings: It is UNSAFE for anyone to use sassafras in medicinal amounts, but some people have extra reasons not to use it: Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don’t use sassafras if you are pregnant. There is evidence that sassafras oil might cause a miscarriage. Children: Sassafras is UNSAFE for children. A few drops of sassafras oil may be deadly. Surgery: In medicinal amounts, sassafras can slow down the central nervous system. This means it can cause sleepiness and drowsiness. When combined with anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery, it might slow down the central nervous system too much. Stop using sassafras at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. Urinary tract conditions: Sassafras might make these conditions worse.






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