How to Make Sassafras Tea


Sassafras is a deciduous tree used for medicinal purposes including treating pain and rheumatism. The plant's roots were traditionally used to make root beer by early colonists of the United States. Sassafras tea is made by steeping the plant's bark in water, although adding other herbs and sweeteners is often preferred for improving taste. According to Elson Haas, a physician and leader in the development of integrated medicine, drinking 1 cup of sassafras tea per day for a few weeks helps cleanse your entire body.

Step 1

Break the sassafras bark into small pieces, and remove any external dirt and debris with your fingers. Rinse the bark under cool, running water before making tea if it was harvested from a wild source.

Step 2

Place the sassafras bark into a small saucepan and cover it with 1 cup of water. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat to medium-low, and then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3

Add the dried herbs to a heatproof mug. Remove the sassafras tea from the heat and pour it through a fine-mesh strainer over the herbs. Allow the mixture to steep for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 4

Strain the sassafras tea through the fine-mesh strainer into a clean heatproof mug, sweeten it with honey or raw sugar, and drink the tea immediately for the best results.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 tsp. sassafras bark
  • Saucepan
  • 1 tsp. dried herbs
  • Heatproof mugs
  • Fine-mesh strainer
  • Honey or raw sugar


  • University of Florida: Sassafras albidum
  • "Staying Healthy With the Seasons"; Elson M. Haas; 2003
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