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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.
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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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Denis Devlin, president, Sassafras Software, Box 150, Hanover, N.H.
Timber Sassafras Finished Gin will be available at the distillery beginning this Saturday, July 1st.
glabratus moves outside the range of redbay and swampbay, LWD has caused extensive sassafras mortality (Fraedrich et al.
The wood, which continues to be used in furniture, was often used in flooring and bedsteads because people believed the sassafras fragrance would drive away bedbugs and other pesky insects.
Also known as New Jersey Tea, the roots of this plant are a rich blood red and even taste a bit like sassafras. Red root is most useful for throat swellings such as tonsillitis, pharyngitis, and sore throat, but it should also be part of any formula for fibrocystic breasts (in addition to quitting all caffeine, including chocolate).
The uses of herbs such as fresh mint and sassafras teas and recipes for different biscuits and corn breads, home greens, sweet potato pie, and "soul" ice cream could all be easily used at camp.
In 16th-century England, beers were often made with flavoring agents other than hops, such as sassafras and ginger.
Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, owned by Gene Long and his wife, Cheryl, has been open since April 1, but it finally received its wine manufacturing permit from the state in May, though it isn't likely to start producing until the end of the year, Long said.
Paddlers can choose from high-performance touring kayaks from the Shearwater line, or recreational types like Wood Ducks and ultralight Sassafras canoes.
In Heart of the Home ("Hearty Home Remedies" on Page 56 of the March/ April issue), the third story made mention of drinking sassafras tea as a spring tonic.
Known hosts include, but are not limited to redbay (Persea borbonia (L.) Spreng.), avocado (Persea americana Mill.), sassafras (Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees), camphor (Cinnamomum camphora (L.) J.
Lester Piggott brought the 2-5 favourite from a long way (probably too far) behind to head Sassafras well inside the final furlong, but the French colt fought back and prevailed by a head, with Miss Dan third.