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How to Make Sassafras Tea

Sassafras tea has long been forgotten by most. Mostly due to the ban of its commercial use in the early 1960's. Luckily enough for me, my family has always cherished it, and has passed on this trait through the generations.

Disclaimer: Safrole oil, a key component of sassafras tea was declared carcinogenic by the FDA...try this at your own risk.
 
 
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Step 1: What you need...

like any tea you need...

water
pot(to put water in...just to clarify)
lid
and of course Sassafas roots.

Sassafras roots will need to be dug from a sassafras tree in spring, and dried...I still have some I keep stored in the freezer. This spring I will put up an instructable on identifying and harvesting Sassafras.

Step 3: Now...

...fill a pot with water. I normally will just fill it half-full, but more water will be needed for more people. Also, for larger servings or stronger tea, add more roots.

In most tea's you pour hot/boiling water on whatever your making tea out of and let it steep. With Sassafras however you need to put them in while the water is still cool, and let it stay in the pot and boil until it turns a deep red color.

Start by turning the stove all the way up, but once it reaches a rolling boil turn it down a little so that it doesn't boil quite as violently. Now just wait and watch until it turns a deep red color(this may take a little while). Then, continue on to the next step.

Step 4: Steeping

Once the tea turns the desired, deep red color, it's time to start steeping. Steeping will give the tea better flavor, and also give a little bit more time to cool off. Put the lid on the pot and let it sit for five minutes.
cool i might do this if i remember to
harley_rly (author)  Zaphod Beeblebrox4 years ago
cool dude, i think the tests they did were inaccurate. They tested it on rats, and a certain chemical or somethin like that would show up in the rat urine that proved it carcinogenic, yet that indicator didn't show up in humans who drank it. so it could be a total coincidence that rats are sensitive to it and not humans. That and my family and others on the web that have drank it all their life never developed cancer.
They tested with straight safrole oil, at amounts that would require drinking deadly amounts of rootbeer for sheer overhydration. It took 30 days of being fed pretty much only safrole oil before anything happened. Do the same thing with most anything and things go out of balance in a body. the quantity within the tea/rootbeer should be low enough that it won't hurt your, or won't do enough damange that your body can't readily fix. Aspirin probably is worse for you. You can find sassafras root from mountain rose herbs.
cool
btw cut ur hair tho!!
harley_rly (author)  Zaphod Beeblebrox4 years ago
lol...whats with people always dissin' my hair
what's with it? well at first glance i thought you were a girl,it took me a sec to realize u werent
harley_rly (author)  Zaphod Beeblebrox4 years ago
if the cup wasn't there it wouldnt be as hard to realize
actualy before i was looking at ur profile pic,haha
u still need to cut ur hair
harley_rly (author)  Zaphod Beeblebrox4 years ago
i'll let ya know if i ever cut it...don't be expecting to hear from me lol
go bald!
jaycobra2 years ago
Be Carefull, sometime ants love to live in these.
harley_rly (author)  jaycobra2 years ago
It's fine. Worst that could happen is ya get a lil' extra protein in your tea. lol
jaycobra2 years ago
I have Sassafras growing all over my property, so much that I can get it at any time. Years ago when I was in the military, one of the sgt's taught me about this. beem waiting a long time to have some again.
MsJaxFla3 years ago
I did not know the FDA had outlawed Sassafras. No wonder I have not found it in so many years. Anyone know if you can buy seeds or such in Jax, Fla? I would like to grow it for myself, just for the sake of it all. Also, when I last had and made the tea, I chopped the roots up a bit and or you can grate them a bit..... makes more tea, but I am sure no expert or such. I would like to try it again, so if you know a place to find it. NO rip off folks please! Thanks for the info.
harley_rly (author)  MsJaxFla3 years ago
I just go out in the woods(I live in the country)during spring and dig it up. I don't know if it grows there, but it would be worth it to look it up and find out.
Oh thank you so much harley_rly. I am not knowledgable (sp) enough to do this... and I am not going in the woods alone now. When I was a kid, I could have done so.... but not now. Plus, I don't know what it looks like in it's green mode.

Again, thank you so much for your help.

Sheryll & Critters.
harley_rly (author)  MsJaxFla2 years ago
Good news, the FDA ban on it is only for the safrole oil within the root, and i believe its only banned in commercial use. I seen some for sale at a health food store in one of the larger cities here in Oklahoma, also you can probably find a website that sales it
seltzer104 years ago
hey man i would like to say that you do not need to dry the sassafras to use it the best sassafras tea i had was literally using roots i dug up an hour before use.  People, this is a comment section for comments pertaining to the topic at hand not hair i would like these postings to be on the topic of tea.

hey dude im going to post another instructible on sassafras tea not to steal your thunder but to add to this great topic.
harley_rly (author)  seltzer104 years ago
hmmm, i'll try the fresh root dill here pretty soon. but yeah its cool if you post another ible, let me know when its finished man
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