Sassafras Benefits

Latin Name

Sassafras officinale

Also Known As

Ague tree, Saxifrax, Cinnamonwood, Saloop, Smelling-stick


North America

Parts Used


Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Sassafras is a root bark from North America. It is good for skin, as it is a natural disinfectant and healing salve, it is useful in conditions of psoriasis and eczema. It makes an excellent mouthwash, and can treat head lice and bodily infestations.
It is also a purifyer of the blood, and has a positive healing effect on conditions such as kidney ailments, rheumatism, gout, fevers and infections. It can also be taken as a spring tonic to cleanse, purify and tonify the system.

Typical Use

1-2 teaspoons of the dried herb per 1 cup of water will make a medicinal tea. 1-2 ml tincture x 3 daily, or as recommended by a herbal practitioner.

Folklore and History

Sassafras was used extensively for food and medicine by Native Americans long before European settlers arrived. Sassafras bark was one of the first exports of the New World. In the southern U.S., the roots were boiled, then combined with molasses, and allowed to ferment into the first ROOT BEER.


The root-bark contains a heavy and a light volatile oil, camphorous matter, resin, wax a decomposition product of tannic acid called Sassafrid, tannic acid, gum, albumen, starch, lignin and salts.


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