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Old 10-18-2021, 09:05 PM   #1
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Default Sassafras. How many still use it

Growing up we drank this very often. It was used to flavor root beer. My place is not lacking it. Leaves can be dried and crushed into gumbo file'. Tea with a shot of vodka is dang refreshing. There are lots health benefits attributed to it. It helps with blood pressure, gout, arthritis, skin, and other benefits However, it is listed as poisonous due to safrole in it. WTH? Is this a case of a simple plant with many benefits interfering with the drug companies? Anybody still make tea and regularly use sassafras? I was going to start getting some roots to make tea. What say you? I am curious.
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:16 PM   #2
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Growing up we drank this very often. It was used to flavor root beer. My place is not lacking it. Leaves can be dried and crushed into gumbo file'. Tea with a shot of vodka is dang refreshing. There are lots health benefits attributed to it. It helps with blood pressure, gout, arthritis, skin, and other benefits However, it is listed as poisonous due to safrole in it. WTH? Is this a case of a simple plant with many benefits interfering with the drug companies? Anybody still make tea and regularly use sassafras? I was going to start getting some roots to make tea. What say you? I am curious.
I've had quite a bit of the tea growing up but when I found out it was a carcinogen I never touched it again.
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:18 PM   #3
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We drank it all the time as a kid. We made some at the farm about 10 years ago but that's the last time I've drank it.
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:20 PM   #4
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I was sitting in the stand Saturday morning looking at sassafras bushes and wondering the same. I've never tried it, but my friends and I used to build bows and arrows out of them when we were little.
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:25 PM   #5
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Drank a whole lot of sassafras tea growing up even had it in home made snow ice cream
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:25 PM   #6
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Used to drink it when I was a kid but haven't since then.

I don't drink much tea of any kind, but I occasionally make persimmon tea.
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:27 PM   #7
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We drank Tang
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Old 10-18-2021, 09:46 PM   #8
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Like above, I used to drink it as a kid, but not since.
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Old 10-19-2021, 12:01 AM   #9
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Growing up we drank this very often. It was used to flavor root beer. My place is not lacking it. Leaves can be dried and crushed into gumbo file'. Tea with a shot of vodka is dang refreshing. There are lots health benefits attributed to it. It helps with blood pressure, gout, arthritis, skin, and other benefits However, it is listed as poisonous due to safrole in it. WTH? Is this a case of a simple plant with many benefits interfering with the drug companies? Anybody still make tea and regularly use sassafras? I was going to start getting some roots to make tea. What say you? I am curious.
Well they made lab rats ingest it, then they got cancer. Do some googling and then make your own choice. I doubt itís related to some conspiracy theory.
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Old 10-19-2021, 12:54 AM   #10
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As a kid, I bought some from the store & made hot tea. I'd probably try some fresh, if I could find it.
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Old 10-19-2021, 09:29 AM   #11
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We drank Tang
We were to poor for Tang. You must have been rich. LOL
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Old 10-19-2021, 09:31 AM   #12
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It causes cancer
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Old 10-19-2021, 09:33 AM   #13
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Many a mug of tody before bedtime. My grandmother keep a box of sassafras root on the back porch for the grandkids's pleasure and to make them sleep better she said.
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Old 10-19-2021, 09:35 AM   #14
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Persimmon tea is danged good stuff. I make it from the young tender leaves when my tree is first budded out in the spring.
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Old 10-19-2021, 09:38 AM   #15
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Old 10-19-2021, 09:45 AM   #16
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We drank Tang
Öand it shows.
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Old 10-19-2021, 09:56 AM   #17
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Out east, I used to break twigs off, skin them and chew them. No sassafras in centex as far as Ive not found. Ive only had sassafras tea a handful of times. That sucks its considered carcinogenic.
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Old 10-19-2021, 09:56 AM   #18
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Persimmon tea is danged good stuff. I make it from the young tender leaves when my tree is first budded out in the spring.
It's certainly an acquired taste.
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Old 10-19-2021, 10:01 AM   #19
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I’ve never heard of sassafras causing cancer. As for the toxicity of the compound saferol(?), I wonder if this has more to do with it being administered in it’s isolated form or in unnaturally high concentration (I.e., to lab rats).

I see no reason not to enjoy an occasional cup of sassafras tea. Personally, though, I’d rather drink a Dr Pepper.
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Old 09-26-2022, 11:46 AM   #20
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Keep file' on the counter year round! Guess I'm doomed....lol.

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Old 09-26-2022, 01:21 PM   #21
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My grandmother made the tea for us grandkids growing up in Tennessee. I liked it. Remember the box of roots in a box in the kitchen. This is in the early fifties.
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Old 09-26-2022, 02:11 PM   #22
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Sassafras causes cancer?? kinda like the vaccine stops covid?
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Old 09-26-2022, 02:16 PM   #23
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Sassafras causes cancer?? kinda like the vaccine stops covid?
Only in Kaliforny !
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Old 09-26-2022, 02:35 PM   #24
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If I had a sack of roots Iíd cook up a pot full right now. Love that stuff.


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Old 09-26-2022, 05:35 PM   #25
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I drank it all the time as a kid. Root bark, dried then used.
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:40 PM   #26
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Sassafras moonshine.
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:40 PM   #27
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Now I feel I was deprived as a child !
My grandma only drank beer. That was all we ever got. Beer or water.
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Old 09-26-2022, 08:48 PM   #28
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Nothing wrong with BEER!
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Old 09-26-2022, 11:36 PM   #29
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Iíve never heard of sassafras causing cancer. As for the toxicity of the compound saferol(?), I wonder if this has more to do with it being administered in itís isolated form or in unnaturally high concentration (I.e., to lab rats).

I see no reason not to enjoy an occasional cup of sassafras tea. Personally, though, Iíd rather drink a Dr Pepper.

From what I understand they feed them extremely concentrated dowses that are unrealistic to ever come up.

I believe the char on grilled meats also is labeled carcinogenicÖ. So hope yíall dont like steak either lol

I hate the taste but wish I didnít. Would be fun to make.
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Old 09-27-2022, 07:03 AM   #30
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Anyone that could dig me a plant or two? I would like to grow a little around the house. PM me I would sure appreciate it.
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Old 09-27-2022, 07:43 AM   #31
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Anyone that could dig me a plant or two? I would like to grow a little around the house. PM me I would sure appreciate it.
It does spread through the root system. Just a few roots should do it.
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Old 09-27-2022, 08:47 AM   #32
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Now I feel I was deprived as a child !
My grandma only drank beer. That was all we ever got. Beer or water.
After reading your post, I'm sure most of the sassafras guys are the ones feeling deprived!

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Old 09-27-2022, 09:10 AM   #33
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Never have had it. We had sun tea & 5 alive.
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