It’s Thursday and it’s a good day to talk about the health benefits of sassafras.
Sassafras is a tree that 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 Is 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 on 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.
2. Has 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.
3. Sassafras Helps 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.
4. Is 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.
5. Sassafras Boosts Your Immune System
Sassafras has both analgesic and antiseptic properties which are both great in improving your immune system.
It can protect you from foreign agents and pathogens that can lead to different kinds of diseases.
6. Helps 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.
7. Sassafras Detoxifies 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.
Here’s an article of marshmallow root’s health benefits that you may want to read.
8. Is Good For The Liver
Speaking of detoxifying your body, another key organ for doing this is your liver.
Apparently, drinking sassafras tea may help in the optimal functioning of your liver.
It seems to be able to also add in keeping the hormonal balance in your body.
9. Sassafras Helps 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.
10. Gives Energy
If you’re feeling sluggish or fatigued, you should try drinking sassafras tea.
It’s said that sassafras is a natural stimulant which can help you perk up for the day.
Chewing the leaves has the same effect as drinking tea.
11. 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 it. 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 with?
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.
Please share this article with someone you know that can benefit from it.