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What is the benefits of sassafras tea?
The root bark is used to make medicine. Despite serious safety concerns, sassafras is used for urinary tract disorders, swelling in the nose and throat, syphilis, bronchitis, high blood pressure in older people, gout, arthritis, skin problems, and cancer. It is also used as a tonic and “blood purifier.”
Is sassafras tea illegal?
The use of sassafras has become controversial over the past few decades. That's because it contains safrole, a compound that has been banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to its potentially toxic effects (1, 2).
Why is sassafras oil illegal?
Sassafras Oil Sassafras has been used as a sudorific and flavoring agent and for the treatment of eye inflammations. The oil has been used externally for relief of insect bites and stings and for removing lice. Because safrole is carcinogenic, the FDA has banned the use of the oil as a food additive.
Is camphor oil illegal?
A limit of 11% in consumer products was set in 1983 and products labeled as camphorated oil, camphor oil, camphor liniment and camphorated liniment were banned completely .
Are sassafras trees rare?
Many people have heard of sassafras before. Most of them probably know it as “some kind of tree.” But sassafras is actually a very unusual tree.
Is Sassafras a hardwood or softwood?
SASSAFRAS WOOD Sassafras is a fragrant North American hardwood. With open grain, soft texture and light brown color, it is sometimes used as a Chestnut substitute.
Is Sassafras good for woodworking?
Sassafras lumber is reported to be resistant to wood decay, but standing trees often contain pockets of rot. Sassafras is an attractive, light weight, easily worked, durable wood. Where it is available locally, it is often used for small woodworking projects. It is used in the millwork industry and for paneling.
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