Bulk Sassafras Root Bark Cut & Sifted

Sassafras albidum
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Sassafras Root Bark Cut & Sifted

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Our sassafras root bark is obtained from Sassafras albidum, a species of tree native to eastern North America also grown as an ornamental elsewhere.

Sassafras root bark can be infused for use in topical solutions.

Please note that our Sassafras Root contains safrole and is not for food use. THE FDA BANS SAFFROLE IN FOOD ITEMS.

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information at a glance
approximate cups to one pound
originunited states
active compoundsAnodyne
plant part usedroot bark
processingcut & sifted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaWoody and fragrant.


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decorativeUse in botanical displays and in crafts.
householdTopical solutions made from sassafras root bark are reputed to naturally deter insects, including mosquitoes.
aromaticInfuse in oil or alcohol for use in perfumery and soaps (see Safety).
safetyBe advised that our sassafras root bark contains safrole. Safrole is banned by the FDA for use in foods. Accordingly, our sassafras root bark is NOT FOR FOOD USE. As such, it is banned as a flavoring in the US and Canada. It is also banned as an ingredient in the commercial production of soaps and perfumes by the International Fragrance Association. Do not use during pregnancy or while nursing.

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sassafras root bark

Sassafras is a deciduous tree in the laurel family that is native to North America. The distinguishing feature of this species is the seemingly haphazard appearance of its foliage, especially in young trees. The elongated leaves emerge in one of three shapes—single-lobed, two-lobed or three-lobed (and sometimes more). Although they are alternate and tend to be symmetrical shape-wise, the same branch may contain all three leaf types. They are sometimes described as resembling left and right-handed mittens, with either two or three thumbs.

Native Americans made extracts from the bark and root bark, the use of which they later introduced to European settlers. For a long time, the essential oil and root extracts of sassafras were used to flavor candy and root beer and to scent soaps and perfumes. Since the ban of safrole in the US in 1960, these items are treated to either black birch or wintergreen extracts or a laboratory-made safrole-free sassafras extract.

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please be advised:  Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.

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