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 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.