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● The sassafras trees, Sassafras albidum, has many documented medical benefits, which the native Americans tapped into to treat various ailments, from diarrhea when consumed, to skin problems and clean wounds when used as a poultice.
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● The sassafras is a deciduous shade tree that grows between 30 and 60 feet tall in USDA zones 4 through 9. Site location would be in an area that receives full sun to part shade, and the tree prefers well-drained soils but is drought tolerant and clay soil tolerant. The leaves of the Sassafras are unique, coming in three shapes: one ovate, one mitten-shaped, and one with three lobes. They also have a spectacular fall color, which ranges from red to yellow and purple. Sassafras are great shade trees, and in addition to possessing abundant medicinal properties, they are also beautiful.

● The Sassafras tree has to be planted in an almost juvenile state; because of the tap root, transplanting large trees is unsuccessful most times, or can cause the plant to have a short life span. Here at Prepper Gardens, however, we sell the best-size plants, in order to maximize size and age but minimize risk.
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How to Make Sassafras Tree Bark Tea

  • 1 ounce of fresh or dried bark,
  • 1 pint of boiling water.
Steps For Brewing Herbal Sassafras Tea Remedy:
  1. Dice the sassafras bark and put in water,
  2. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes,
  3. Strain and enjoy.
*Can be sweetened with honey or other herbs to your liking.
*Adult dosage is one wine glass after meals as needed to treat ailments, for a 150lb adult. For children weighing 40lbs or less, the mixture should be half of the adult amount.
*A larger quantity can be made simply by manipulating the ingredients.

How to Make Sassafras Tree Poultice from the Leaves

  • Fresh or dried sassafras leaves (leaves can be dried but, prior to using, place into boiling water to soften),
  • Clean water,
  • Mortar and pestle.
Steps for Making Poultice from Sassafas Leaves:
  1. Place leaves in a blender or stone grinder,
  2. Add enough clean water to turn leaves into a mush,
  3. Add a small amount of powdered slippery elm bark, until it a thick substance is achieved,
  4. Apply to the affected skin; the poultice can be left on the skin for up to an hour,
  5. Repeat daily until ailment is no longer present.

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