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Sarsaparilla, love it, best drink ever. Who could possibly ever resist it. However, it is a highly expensive beverage, but this recipe is much cheaper. Enjoy.

Step 1: You will need

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1 sassafras root

1 ginger root

1 vanilla root

1 licorice root

1 barley grass root

1 lemon

1 birch oils root

1 teaspoon yeast

1 cup sugar

cold water

Nesagwa3 years ago

Keep in mind that Sassafras root (assafras albidum) is carcinogenic and banned from most commercial use. Sarsaparilla (Smilax regelii) is a different, non-toxic, plant.

You can buy Sassafras root extract that has the toxic safrole removed.

I got told the same thing by my father a couple of weeks ago, and I'm pretty sure you're getting confused. In bullets, for the sake of brevity:

1.Sarsaparilla is a beverage, and made from the Sassafras root

2. It's not a carcinogen, and is readily available in health stores.

3. You're thinking of Safrole oil, which is massively different. Like many things in such a high concentration, it might be poisonous. Might be. Tea tree oil is toxic, yet we all know of the benefits of tea

4. Lots of spices contain Safrol, and have never been found to cause a problem.

You are also wrong.

Sarsparilla is made from Smilax regelii, aka Sarsparilla, though you are correct in that sassafras is frequently used in the U.S. to make root beers that are labelled as sarsparilla.

Safrole, a chemical found in sassafras root (among other things) may be carcinogenic to humans, and as a result, both sassafras and safrole were at one point (and may still be) banned for human consumption by the FDA.

Your point number 4 is stupid, you cant prove a negative.


1 what? tbl, tsp? Could you clarify. Also, if using the extraxt vs the root, what is the conversion? Thanks! Really excited to try this!

moniekaj9 months ago
1 what ?