All About Sassafras: sassafras vs. brewed beer

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All About Sassafras

By Sharon
December 8, 2011

Do you like gumbo? How about hot tea? There's nothing better on a cold winter day than hot soups and hot drinks. How does sassafras enter into the picture? Climb up the mountain with Aunt Bett and me and we'll tell you.

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Name: Lance Gardner
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Lance
Dec 12, 2011 12:00 PM CST
Another wonderful article, thanks for sharing it all. I have a jar of file but have not used it much - maybe I will have to give it a try again soon.
Your article reminded me of another article I read on the toxicity of sassafras vs. the basic alcoholic beer everyone enjoys so much. I tried to find it but could not, so here is what I remember. As you noted, it takes a lot of sassafras tea or drink to have much effect. A comparison of sassafras vs. the beer found almost everywhere showed the beer to be much more toxic. So why is sassafras considered bad but beer not? No sassafras lobby to keep the sassafras industry going was the basic conclusion! I think it was Dr. James Duke that did some of the research and also has a book on edible plants.
I have a lot sassafras growing in the woods around my house and have shared its scent with my son often. One day I may have to make some tea for him as well.
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Dec 12, 2011 12:25 PM CST
Hi Lance,

Thanks for that information. I'm sure Skye would enjoy tasting sassafras twigs. Lucky you to have it growing nearby!
And thanks for reading the article.

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Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia (Zone 7a)
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Lance
Dec 12, 2011 12:32 PM CST
Merry Christmas to you as well. Hopefully, I will be able to share some photos of our new animal acquisitions before Christmas and provide some more cheer for you.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Dec 12, 2011 12:39 PM CST
Great! Looking forward to that.
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