Sassafras

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Biological Name: Sassafras officinale, Sassafras albidumsassafras

Other Names: Saloip, cinnamon wood, sassafras, saxifrax, Ague tree

Additional Info: Sassafras is a leaf-bearing plant which can be found in North America. Some areas use this plant for decoration. Its stem with gray-colored, solid bark is commonly from 10 to 125 feet in its height. Its leaves are covered with fuzz from the inner side and can have various forms, from elliptic and ovate to three-part. The flowers blossom prior to leaves appearance, and have a green-yellow color. Small fruit is a drupe of green-yellow color as well.

Elements applied: The potent component of the plant is its bark.

Used for: The remedy is successfully used for driving out excess liquid from the kindeys, boosting one’s metabolism, soothing pains and spasms. It’s also known to possess antiseptic characteristics.

Sassafras is applied in form of warm decoction in order to improve blood circulation and boost urination. For this reason the plant is widely applied as a remedy for arthritis, skin diseases, and rheumatism. Additionally, the herb is applied to cure ulcers, and for this aim it is practised both in external and internal application. Root’s bark is known to produce an antiseptic effect due to volatile oil content. The remedy is also known to serve as a pain soothing remedy, and act as a stimulant, boosting one’s energy levels. In America it was used as a remedy for fever long ago.

Preparation: The commonly taken dose in form of a tincture is 20 drops on average.

As an infusion the remedy is prepared with 1 teaspoon of bark diluted in 1 glass of water. The dose is limited to 1 cup per day.

Safety: There is no data concerning the plant’s safety level.