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The dried bark of the root of Sassafras albidum (family Lauraceae), a tree of the eastern U.S.; a flavoring agent, diuretic, and diaphoretic; sassafras oil, a volatile oil obtained by distillation from the bark of S. albidum and S. variifolium, is used as a carminative, topical antiseptic, pediculicide, and flavoring agent.


Herbal medicine
A deciduous tree, the bark of which is antiseptic, diaphoretic and diuretic. It was regarded by Native Americans as a blood purifier; in herbal medicine, it was used topically for syphilis, abscesses, acne, poison ivy and poison oak, and internally for colic and rheumatic complaints.

Carcinogenic and hepatotoxic in rats due to safrole; it is listed by the FDA as “unsafe”. Sassafras oil and raw bark should not be used internally.
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In a West African gesture, Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo pour libations into the ocean waters: they "wd toss nickels & food & wine in the sea down the coast / so daddy wd have all he needed to live a good life in the other world" (108).
The understory is dense with saplings of overstory trees (mostly Acer saccharum) as well as Asimina triloba, Cornus drummondii, Crataegus spp., and Sassafrass albidum.
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Then there's good old Sassafrass (Sassafrass alidbum), another native tree used for hundreds of years by Native Americans and Appalachian folk as a blood cleanser and for making root beer.
This surrogacy is apparent in Indigo and Aunt Haydee's relationship in Ntozake Shange's novel Sassafrass, Cypress, & Indigo; in Peaches's connection to Maggie in Toni Cade Bambara's short story "Maggie of the Green Bottles"; and to a more intricate extent, in Shug Avery's mentoring of the adult Celie in Alice Walker's The Color Purple.
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Johnson's discussion of Ntozake Shange's Sassafrass, Cypress, & Indigo and Allen Joseph's article on Nathaniel Mackey's Djbot Baghostus's Run both provide insightful readings of music in the narratives on which they focus.
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