Sarsaparilla Root (Smilax Officinalis)
Sarsaparilla, also known as Smilax, Honduran sarsaparilla, Jamaican sarsaparilla, and zarzaparilla, is a perennial vine that thrives in warm climates such as those found in the southernmost regions of the United States and Central and South America. It has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years to reduce inflammation, boost immunity, and increase lifespan.
While it is no longer used to treat tropical insect skin diseases, leprosy, or syphilis, sarsaparilla can still be found in herbal remedies for balancing hormones, decreasing fluid retention, and increasing general immune function.
Sarsaparilla has long been used to cure liver disorders, skin infections, coughs or colds, sexual dysfunction, and even the formation of malignant tumors, since the plant has several important bioactive qualities, including strong antioxidants, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory components.
The root may also be used to create natural medicines for rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, joint discomfort, and skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, toe fungus, wounds, ulcers, and ringworm, as well as exhaustion, muscular pains, migraines, gout, indigestion, bloating/fluid retention, and fever.
It has a taste profile that includes wintergreen, vanilla, caramel, and licorice. Indeed, the root of this plant has long been used to manufacture syrup and root beer, so you can imagine how it tastes.
When you have a cold, cough, or fever and want to avoid it from becoming worse, consider drinking this tea.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!