It’s Thursday and it’s a good day to talk about the health benefits of sassafras.
Sassafras is a tree whose parts are used for culinary and medicinal purposes.
It is commonly found in eastern Asia and eastern North America.
Here is my list of the health benefits of sassafras.
1. Sassafras May Facilitate Wound Healing
One aspect of wound healing is the reduction of pain; another is the actual acceleration of the healing process.
Because of the stimulant nature of this herb, newly oxygenated blood is drawn to the site of the wound, hastening the body’s natural healing process and increasing the rate of metabolic processes throughout the body.
2. May Be Good For Skin Care
Sassafras contains tannic acid and sassafrid which are thought to be beneficial in protecting your skin.
You can apply the poultice of sassafras leaves to the affected part of your skin.
You can do this for boils, eczema, insect bites, skin irritations, sores, and rashes.
It’s effective because of the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of sassafras.
3. Sassafras May Lead To Better Sleep
Sedation is a typical adverse effect of sassafras oil since it interacts directly with the central nervous system.
Applying a tiny quantity of this oil topically to the chest or breathing its aroma can help those who have trouble falling asleep or who have disturbed and interrupted sleep to receive the rest they require.
4. May Have Anti-inflammatory Properties
When I hear inflammation, the first thing I can think about is my arthritis.
And it seems that sassafras has been used for generations to treat inflammations such as arthritis, gout, and rheumatism.
Its anti-inflammatory properties also extend its effects to your gastrointestinal system.
5. Sassafras May Help Relieve Pain
Besides sassafras’ anti-inflammatory properties, it also has analgesic properties that help in dealing with pain.
This works well with arthritis pain and menstrual pain.
You can use the leaves and apply them topically or you can have your regular cup of sassafras tea.
Both help in reducing pain.
6. May Be Good For Digestion
We’ve already mentioned that the anti-inflammatory properties of sassafras work well in relieving digestive disorders.
To add to this, drinking sassafras tea regularly can help you prevent constipation and diarrhea.
7. Sassafras May Boost Your Immune System
Sassafras has both analgesic and antiseptic properties which are both great for improving your immune system.
It can protect you from foreign agents and pathogens that can lead to different kinds of diseases.
8. May Help Fight Cold And Flu
Using sassafras oil or drinking sassafras tea can help relieve the symptoms of your cold and flu.
It can also help reduce your fever and clear up nasal congestion.
9. Sassafras May Detoxify The Body
Sassafras is diuretic in nature. This means that it can help stimulate your urination.
This helps detoxify your body and keep your kidneys healthy because it promotes flushing waste and toxins out of your body.
Speaking of your kidneys, marshmallow root is a good herb to help with your kidney health.
10. May Be Good For The Liver
Speaking of detoxifying your body, another key organ for doing this is your liver.
Drinking sassafras tea may help in the optimal functioning of your liver.
It seems to be able to also add to keep the hormonal balance in your body.
11. Sassafras May Help With Oral Health
Sassafras is traditionally used to keep your oral health in check.
The twigs are used as your ancient toothbrushes.
Its pleasant aroma and flavor help with bad breath.
But its antiseptic properties are the real reason why it’s effective in keeping your mouth fresh and clear from unwanted bacteria.
12. May Give Energy
If you’re feeling sluggish or fatigued, you should try drinking sassafras tea.
It’s said that sassafras is a natural stimulant that can help you perk up for the day.
Chewing the leaves has the same effect as drinking tea.
13. Sassafras May Improve Circulation
Sassafras contains camphor which can improve blood circulation.
There was a study that showed camphor was able to induce cold and warm sensations.
It also improved blood circulation.
Since sassafras isn’t native to our region, I’m unfamiliar with them. It’s a good reference to know the health benefits of sassafras though.
If I’m going to consume it, it would be because of its anti-inflammatory properties and pain relief qualities.
Which one on the list will you benefit the most from?
However, there seem to be quite a few words of precaution about consuming sassafras all over the web. You should also do your due diligence in studying.
I highly recommend talking with your doctor or health professional first before consuming sassafras if you’re unsure of it.
I’ve published a lot of articles regarding the medicinal qualities of different herbs and spices. You may get more information about them here.
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