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Sassafras Root Bark Cut & Sifted

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.

While the wood is sometimes used in furniture making, and the essential oil of the fruit as fragrance and flavoring, sassafras root bark is traditionally used in tea blends.

Please note that our sassafras root does contain safrole, it is a natural part of the plant.

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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, a naturally occurring plant compound classified by the FDA as a potential carcinogen based on early studies on rats. 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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flavor profile

cut & sifted
sassafras root bark

Sweet and warm, with a flavor similar to birch beer.

formulas & recipes

cut & sifted
sassafras root bark

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what else you should know

cut & sifted
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.

Please note that using moderate amounts of sassafras root bark that contains a small amount of safrole does not equate to the volume injected into the stomachs of laboratory rats to produce toxic effects. That said, exercising commonsense regarding the use of this herb is advised.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!

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