A beautiful tree, native of America, the wood of which is used in medicine. Sassafras Officinale belongs to the natural order Lauraceae. It has a sweet aromatic taste, and an odour like that of fennel, owing to the presence of a volatile oil, in which its virtues chiefly reside, though it contains fatty matter, resin, gum, albumen, wax, etcetera.

It is best taken in infusion, or tea; it is a very pleasant beverage; it promotes sweat; and is a remedy for scurvy, and foulness of the blood, of which it is a great purifier. It has been found to recruit exhausted strength more rapidly than either cocoa, chocolate, or any farinaceous substances, and to sit lighter on the stomach, than either animal or vegetable jellies. It is a most nutritious beverage; " but the scandal of its being good in Venereal cases, is a great detriment to its credit, which prevents good being done by it; for it is a first- rate sweetener of the blood."

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This page and the rest of the encyclopedia of medicinal herbs was reproduced from old herbals written in the 1700 and 1800s. They are of historical interest to show the traditional uses of various herbs based on folk medicine and ancient wisdom. However the traditional uses for these herbs have not been confirmed by medical science and in some cases may actually be dangerous. Do not use the these herbs for any use, medicinal or otherwise, without first consulting a qualified doctor.

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