Sassafras Tea

This is the root that was originally used to flavor root beer and the tea has a distinctive root beer flavor.

INGREDIENTS | SERVES 4

12 sassafras roots about the size of a pencil

1 quart water

Sweetener to taste (optional)

1. Wash roots and place in water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until water turns a dark red. The longer you cook the roots the more concentrated the tea.

2. Strain through a filter to remove sediments, add sweetener if desired, and serve hot or cold.

Safrole

Safrole is a compound found in sassafras roots that was used in experimental research. It was discovered to possibly be a carcinogen, so the FDA banned it. Sassafras is used as a tonic that is generally only drunk in the spring to thin and purify the blood. Practice moderation when making and drinking sassafras tea.

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