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Sarsaparilla root beer tea
The sweet roots of Sarsaparilla and Sassafras formed the basis of original root beers. They were used along with a host of spices, a few of which I include in the spice mix portion of these remedy. The roots not only combine well flavor wise, they have similar and complementary actions as blood purifiers.
Cautions: Sassafras oil contains safrole, which should not be used alone, but the teas whole root have an extended history of use with no reported side effects. Sassafras is a traditional American "spring tonic".
Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon sassafras root bark
  • 1 tablespoon sarsaparilla root
  • 1/2 tablespoon dandelion root
  • 1/2 tablespoon yucca

Spice mixture: 1 teaspoon of the following mix per pot of tea. Feel free to experiment and adjust to taste

  • 1 part cinnamon
  • 1 part anise seeds
  • 1 part orange peel
  • a few whole cloves
Sarsaparilla * Sassafras * Dandelion * Yucca * Orange * Clove * Anise * Cinnamon *
Variations:Anise, nutmeg, lime, birch, burdock, yellow dock, licorice
Recipe Instructions: Decoction : This decoction benefits from soaking, especially the sassafras. Soak roots overnight if you have time. Bring to a boil slowly, and simmer, covered on a low heat for at least 20 minutes. Pour off from the top, allowing the brew to strengthen even further throughout the day. Drink 3 cups daily. To make frothy, foamy root beer at home it must be either fermented with yeast, or injected with CO2, while a fun project, is outside our scope here. There are loads of recipes and instructs on the net if you are interested.

Tags and Uses for this Remedy

  • Detoxification :Regular use of depurative herbs will help detox your body and most importantly support your liver. Poor liver function is one of the most common root causes of poor health.
  • Herbal Decoctions :Unlike infusions, decoctions are boiled. Woody roots, non-aromatic seeds and barks are suited to this method. Tools: You will need a non-reactive, heavy saucepan. I use a Corningware 1 quart pan
  • North American : Many important North American medicinal herbs are woodland species, the uses and knowledge of which was passed along to the colonists of the New World from the indigenous native tribes
  • Rheumatoid_arthritis :There are many herbal remedies that can help to ease rheumatoid arthritis pain ,and many have a long history of use.
  • Spring Tonics :Spring tonics are intended to help quicken the senses and cleanse the body after a long winter.
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