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Closing on lead in sprintcars
Hutchins, from Sassafras, the defending series champion, won the 30-lap final from series leader Jamie Bricknell and former state champion Kurt Luttrell, both from Launceston. Hutchins led from green light to checkered flag.

Gallatin County plungers raise money for Special Olympics
Costumes and creative team names abounded, including “Angry Amy and the Sassafras Bash” and “There is no 'I' in team but there is one in Onesie,” a group of two detention officers and a 911 dispatcher wearing one-piece footie pajamas.

City vehicle catches fire in Erie
A municipal vehicle caught on fire as it was driving on West 19th Street near Sassafras Street in Erie at about 8:30 am on Feb. 17. An Erie Bureau of Streets truck that was out on pothole patrol was sent back to the shop for repairs after catching fire ...

A food and wine 4-day spectacular
23-24 beginning at 7 pm, in private New Castle County homes and the Sassafras River Club in Earlesville, Md. Meals are made by local and visiting chefs, with each course paired with different wines poured by visiting winemakers.

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Did you ever have real sassafras tea? Do they still say it is poison or a carcinogen ? by mamacedar Q: When I was a little girl my grandpa used to dig the roots to make tea. It made the best hot tea I have ever tasted. I drank it the first half of my life. If I could get it now I would drink it now. As the little gnome on the commercial says, "Am I going to die?"

A: No you are safe. Sasafrass is great and still used in comercial sasparilla. No carcinogens that I know of. Where I live noe there is no sasafras, but I have made tea most of my life, even chewed the bark like tobacco (really sweet). There is nothing like the smell of fresh dug sasafras!!!

What is sassafras root powder? by Q: I have been hearing about people using this stuff recreationally is this legal? When I look it up online get lots of results for bark and they say it is in root beer is that the same thing?

A: Yes, root beer is made from the root or bark of sassafras trees. Or at least it once was, now it's artificially flavored. But you can still get sassafras tea as a concentrate http://www.walnutcreekcheese.com/v/vspfiles/photos/101032-2T.jpg or buy the pieces of bark to make your own. The "real thing" is slightly carcinogenic. If you can get this in a grocery store, sure it's legal. It should also tell you how potent it is "recreationally".

the seven wonders of sassafras springs book report? by Q: I need a book report for a sixth grade class and I need it by 9-11-10 because i need it for my class so i wont get a bad grade on it

A: The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs... Oh I loved this book! :) Alright. I really don't know what you want US to do about your book report and I have to say I am disappointed you waited so late. I don't know what you're report is supposed to be about... Do you have to answer any questions? Describe the characters? Give a summary? How long is it suppose to be? Either way, I will give you some advice. You could talk about how Eben McAllistar and his quest to find seven wonders in his hometown. Be sure to add how his father promised him a trip to see his relatives if he finds them. You could go about explaining each wonder and why YOU think it is one. Make sure you add a lot of voice. Give opinions and share your thoughts! Also, give some character info. Talk about some of the characters and their personalities. Try to identify with them and put yourselves in their shoes. Think about how life would be like if you were that character. How would you feel about all the things that have happened to you? (*Ahem* The character, not actually yourself.) Be sure to have a good introduction and closing paragraph. I wish you the best of luck!

Can sugar gliders eat sassafras leaves and limbs? by Joshua_Spry19 Q:

A: Sugar gliders have a sweet tooth - their diet consists of flower nectar, acacia gum, eucalypt sap and insects. One study of a Victorian population showed that individuals spent about 43% of their foraging time feeding on gum, 12% on eucalypt sap and 28% on searching for invertebrates. Sugar Gliders enjoy sweet foods, including the flowers and nectar of gum trees. During the the winter months, they feed on mainly gummy exudes of eucalypts and acacias cutting a V-shaped groove in tree trunks with their teeth and licking the sap or strip bark and eat the sapwood. During the rest of the year, insects make up the main diet of this glider. This is what i have found. But if there are stands of Sassafras in their natural location, i think it might be safe. Also here is a web site you may find interesting for your sugar glider. http://www.marsupialsociety.org/sugar_glider.html We cannot have them in NSW, you lucky bugger.

Is there wild sassafras in Alabama? by Reed B Q: Is there wild sassafras in Alabama? I found few plants that look like it. Also,what are key features in a sassafras plant/tree?

A: Yes. Common to eastern US. The key feature is the leaf. Think of a mitten with one thumb, two thumbs (on opposite sides of the palm), or no thumb at all. All three types of leaves occur on each tree. Also, the trees are aromatic, with a distinct smell reminiscent of root beer.

My root beer contains Sassafras. I thought Sassafras was banned by the FDA? by handrober Q: On the ingredients list it includes Sassafras as one of the ingredients but I was under the impression that Sassafras was banned in food items by the FDA?

A: It's sassafras oil that was banned. It can be processed to remove the oil.

What cratoon says "sassafras" i think its an old cartoon, im not sure.? by Kristen D Q: ^^^^^^^^^^^^

A: sylvester the cat used to say suffering succotash, could that be what you are thinking of?

Does Simple Green have sassafras in it? by Angel Of The Odd Q: I love the way it smells, but good gawd it's expensive. Is there any way I can sort of make my own, cheaper? I know it grows around here, when the weed whacker goes over it, the yard smells AWESOME. I'd like my kitchen to smell that way, but, cheaper. Can't find anything else scented like it. Any ideas?

A: It is a pretty common tree shrub. I used to make tea out of it but can't recall how it smells. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sassafras range http://www.plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SASSA http://www.prettypartyplace.com/lorann-0120.html?aff=linkshare&siteID=q5QZHUbCIj8-LAcYm5mZQKORm72yzKv5Tg They apparently sell just the scent. "Roots are grubbed by the ton and distilled. The root bark and flowers from the trees have long been used to make teas and tonics. The tea, also known as saloop sa·loop n. Archaic A hot drink, sometimes used medicinally, made from salep, sassafras, or similar aromatic herbs. [Alteration of salep.] , is pink in color and has the trademark sassafras scent. The roots have been used to make root beer as well as the famous sassafras tea and the oil is still used as a fragrance in candles and soaps. Long ago, the early settlers to the United States even used the bark to create an orange dye for cloth. " http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Magic+tree%3A+sassafras+was+once+believed+to+be+capable+of+warding+off+...-a0150988142

How long do sassafras trees usually live? by Megan Q:

A: I suspect that they live up to 50 years, based on personal experience. My source may call that "moderate." Here is everything that you might want to know about Sassafras albidum:

where can i buy sassafras boards? by Q: i want to build adirondack chairs out of sassafras but dont know where to buy them.

A: Nowhere, to my knowledge, since sassafras isn't a profitable lumber tree. You may be able to find a sawmill that would saw your sassafras for you.

       Where can I buy relatively large quantities of sassafras oil (or safrole)? by Q: It is for an experiment. I have found several sources but they appear rather sketchy. If possible I want to stay out of the questionable zone...

A: This stuff is expensive, one of the most expensive spices on the market - so expensive in fact, that they don't even put it out but have it behind the service desk and you have to ask for it and pay for it right there. idk - you may be able to get an oil with it in it at a health food store; but pure - I don't think you'll find it.

How do you harvest sassafras bark root ? by Jack B Q:

A: Use saplings, pulling out the entire plant.

Help I'm craving a good cup of sassafras's tea but cant find it eny ware? by jeffkuehn15057 Q: I'v looked in all kinds of health food stores in Phoenix AZ with no luck. And I don't want that crappy Pappys concintrate.

A: TRY ORDERING YOUR FAVORITE BRAND ONLINE.

What does it mean if someone calls you "Miss Sassafras"? by a Q: A guy friend I like called me that, but my last name is not Sassafras...

A: :) i guess it can mean different things... but when people call me that...they are referring to me being sassy, spunky, and spirited

Does anyone know how to make TEA out of SASSAFRAS LEAVES? by Felicia Q: I right now want to make tea out of Sassafras LEAVES. Yes I already have collected leaves. I don't want to make tea out of the bark. I want to make tea out of the leaves. Can anyone give me some easy STEPS to follow so I can make this tea? Tried to be as clear as possible. THANKS GUYS!!!!!!!!! =]

A: Ok boil some water then pour it over the leaves and let it steep for 10-15 mins. then take leaves out before drinking. Should be weak, but the longer you leave it the stronger it is.

What insect eats the Sassafras nectar in its flowers? by MIstic Pony Q:

A: Sassafras nectar is a food source for the Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) and Promethea silkmoth (Callosamia promethea).

Is sassafras necessary for brewing rootbeer? by zach a Q: My girlfriend and I want to brew rootbeer for fun from scratch, but we aren't sure if sassafras is a necessary ingredient. I don't want to waste a trip searching for it if it is not necessary :/ And if I ferment the rootbeer for a long enough time, could it reach the same alcoholic content as beer??

A: Sassafras is a key ingredient. You can no longer buy the actual root-it is carcinogenic.You might not have it where you are, but here you can find sassafras extract without the dangerous compound under the name Pappy's on the tea aisle in the grocery-it's liquid in a bottle and should work.

Anyone know uses for sassafras? by That 1 Guy Q: We have a bunch of trees on our land but dont know if it worth anything or even what it is used for or what it can do for a person.

A: sassafras is one of the first trees to putout leaves in the spring. You can identify sassafras by the fact that one plant will have three different types of leaves, and if you break off a twig, it will smell sort of like root beer. Sassafras normally grows in poor soil. If they are growing on a bank that washes a lot in rains, don't cut it down. They have an enormous root pattern underground and those tend to hold better soils in, thus improving the soil in the bad area where they are growing. Right now, there is little you can do with it. In the spring as it leaves out, you can cut roots, take them into the house, split them into splinters, and boil them to a tea. It was used by pioneers as a source of iron in their diet which is hard to get in the winter. Also vitamin C Once you have the tea, you can drink it or you can make a jelly out of it much the same way that you would make jelly out of grape juice. If you live in a climate where there are also black birches, which have a wintergreen smell to them when you break the twigs, you can mix small sticks ffrom the birch and mix them into sassafras to make a minted sassafras tea or jelly. If you came from the place that I did, you would know what you could eat that grows in your lawn or on your property and get some fine flavors. There are books on edible wild plants. I used to gather sassafras and wild greens with my grandfather and when I had children, we went out and I taught them. With sassafras, it is best to use it when the sap it rising. You can use it also for scenting soaps, candles, or other thigns. Don't cut down a big tree to make tea with, and I would not use it in a fire place because it is in the same family as Magnolia and Poplar and those woods will pop and send out flaming ash into your living room.

Seperating Sassafras and Magnolia trees? by Q: Today I was looking at an overgrown area of my yard, removing small junky trees. Strangely, I found two small trees (About 3-4 feet tall): A sassafras and a magnolia. They are about a centimeter apart. I would like to keep both of them, but this area is already occupied by a poplar and several holly bushes, right next to a fence. This fall when I move them, How should I seperate them safely? And also what kinds of light do they want? Where they are now is very shady.Any tips for keeping them healthy after moving?

A: If they are "a centimeter" apart, it's going to be tricky. Digging the whole mess up, and then very carefully, by hand, working the roots apart, then replanting each is the only way to do it. There's no "magic method". Just careful, meticulous work. I'd use a root stimulator in the water after re-planting. The sassafras likes dappled sun, or morning sun/afternoon shade. The magnolia wants all day sun if it can get it.

Does sassafras tea cause cancer? by Anna Q: Sometimes, I search sassafras and it says, " Does sassafras tea cause cancer?" I really want to know so please answer!

A: As of now, there is no conclusive evidence that sassafras tea causes cancer in humans, although it has been known to cause cancer in laboratory animals after prolonged exposure. It's likely that it isn't a problem for humans as long as it is consumed in moderation (the lab animals in the study were likely given extremely high amounts of the chemicals found in sassafras tea).

Does anyone remember the sassafras tea song from the 80's? by eileen b Q: Used to sing it in elementary school in the 80's..can't find it anywhere just this zoey 101 song and thats not it.

A: No. O_0

Do people still drink sassafras tea? by Jackie Blue Q: I know it is a blood thinner and you must be careful drinking too much. My grand parents and parents had sassafras tea around. I remember when I was a child, my dad was the produce manager at a local family grocery. He would buy some and mom put in on the range to brew it. I seem to remember it having a strong aroma. If you have drank it before, do you drink it as is, or do you add sugar, lemon or cream? I've never tried it.

A: i am sure some people still do and if i were able to dig the roots(of the red sassafras) i would still drink it in the spring. the blood gets thicker in the winter(cold weather) and the sassafras tea acts as a blood thinner. we always had a pot on the wood stove in early spring when i was a child. i added milk and sugar to mine.

How can you recognize a Sassafras tree? by cardin2287 Q:

A: Four different leaf shapes can be found on one sassafras tree: three lobed, elliptical, two lobed/right side, and two lobed/left side. The deciduous leaves can grow up to six inches by four inches, and the tree itself may grow up to about 30 feet on Assateague, and even up to 60 feet elsewhere. In the spring, small yellowish green flowers develop with the leaves; oval-shaped, blue fruits of less than half an inch follow.

Is it possible to extract safrole from SASSAFRAS albidum trees? by Max n Q: I'm curious to know.

A: The amount of plant material needed is enormous, and the extraction requires a large still. It's more feasible to start with essential oil of Sassafras and go from there.

How do you make sassafras tea? by melinda J Q:

A: SASSAFRAS TEA 4 qt. water 6 or 8 (4 to 6 inch) sassafras roots Dig roots in fall and early spring. Wash good and boil 45 minutes. Strain thoroughly through cheesecloth. Sweeten to taste. This was one of the most important medicines back in olden times. The sassafras tree has beautiful bright colored leaves in the Fall.

Does anyone know any weird and or odd facts about Sassafras? If you do I would greatly appreciate it!? by Ciara Q: I'm in Forensics at my high school and it is one of my topics.

A: Oil extracted from the root and bark contains safrole, which causes cancer. So, safrole (and sassafras oil), as well as the roots of the sassafras plant, are banned by the FDA as a food or drug additive.

What is Sassafras and why is it in a quite afew rock songs? by Alex-O Q:

A: It's a TREE, and folks use it's bark, roots, leaves, etc. like an herbal medicine. Try some and see if it makes you want to write a rock tune (?)

Good comebacks to being called sassafras? by Q: My friend on Facebook (after being told I would ministalk him) said bring it on Sassafras. Good comebacks for that?

A: How about "Who put the Sassafras in your Root Beer? Bring it on Donkey Kong!"

I remember a country song and the only song I can remember is shaking sassafras ? by Q: I do remember that the song is back on ridge or in a hauler

A: Maybe Lost Trailers- Holler Back.

Do any of you remember when Root Beer was made from Sassafras root? by Malcom Q: Was it better than the artificial flavored version we have now?

A: My grandmother used to make it from Sassafras root which she dug up in the mountains, and we drank Sassafras tea in the colder months. I have not had any in so long. It was delicious.

Does anyone have the baking instructions for the Sassafras Holiday Cookie Baking Kit? by depjbrothers Q: I received the kit as a gift, but the baking instructions are missing...

A: Look here: http://www.free-recipes.co.uk/baking-supplies/B0000X2BTA/Sassafras-Kids-Cookie-Making-Kit.html

Is sipping sassafras and sarsaparilla simultaneously satisfying as a simple selfless act? by Bilbo Baggins Q:

A: Practically perfect for passionate perspectives along the periphery.

Does sassafras oil work the same way as Ecstasy? by Phat D Q: Can it be used to substitute for X?

A: No, Sassafras is a plant material. They extract safrole oil from Sassafras and then distill it and so on and that is the beginning to mdma synthesis. Safrole chemical is called 3,4-Methylenedioxyphenyl-2-propene. MDMA Chemical is called 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine( its an psychoactive amphetamine in the phenethylamine class ) But it is very hard to synthesize mdma without having some organic chemistry under your belt and very expensive equipment. There is however analogs of mdma which are research chemicals that are not scheduled. And easily bought over the internet. There is also 2c-X research chemicals you can buy for "research purpose only" but you need to be carefull with these cause every drug have different side effects to every different person. Only you know your body so be careful. Oh and jake Do your chemistry research. All synthetics have a precursor do you know what that is? Look it up. LSD started from mold and that was its precursor. And you Synthesis (Synthetic) From A precursor by adding atoms to it molecule structure. Meaning your turn a natural atom into something that is not naturally re-occurring in nature which makes it synthetic.

I have a sassafras grove in my yard - is it better for the tree to keep cutting all the suckers...? by Anna Q: ...and just leave one main tree to grow or should I let all the smaller trees grow into a proper grove? I don't care either way, I just want to do what is healthiest for the plant.

A: it is better for the tree if you want a single trunk tree. better in that more growing energy will go the one. but leaving the suckers will not hurt, and i like the grove look

What kind of herbaceous plant growing in Ontario has leaves that look like sassafras leaves? by Q:

A: Giant ragweed, Ambrosia trifida, would fit that description. Take a look here to compare: http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/weeds/plants/giant_ragweed.htm

Is there anywere in the UK were the Sassafras plant in growing? Forests/countryside etc? by WillsWills Q: can you list locations were it might be? or identified places pref within the UK, thanks!

A: hope this helps http://www.answers.com/topic/sassafras?cat=technology

Is Sassafras an underrated wood for building? by Woodward Q: I recently made a drum out of Sassafras and it's really nice. It looks good, sounds good, is sturdy, and all of that. Plus it had smelled awesome while I was working with it. But, as far as I can tell, Sassafras isn't that common of a wood to build with. Maybe I'm just not paying attention.. If it isn't popular, can anyone think of why? Should it be more popular than it is?

A: Generally speaking, it's an exotic wood. By similarity, you won't see apple listed as an acceptable 2x4. I live on the northern Great Lakes. We have a good amount of hemlock. Hemlock is great for rot resistance ... it does make for nasty slivers though. Because it's regional, it's special. If I wanted to make a sassafras night stand it would cost me a fortune. Same for you if you wanted a hemlock one. Your regional, special wood should not be more popular. It's for you.

What does the sassafras tree represent in the book Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns? by Maxxie ♫ Q: Please help , I've been trying to figure this out for like 2 days. And dont call me lazy and tell me to read the book because I already read it, I just cant figure this out. Please help me :(

A: The Cold Sassy tree gives the novel its title and the town its name, and it symbolizes a number of concepts and characters. The tree stands for Rucker’s and Miss Love’s strength and composure, and the word sassy might refer to their sassy flouting of the town’s social conventions. The tree also symbolizes an older era in the town’s history. The town takes its name from the trees, and the shrinking sassafras grove parallels the town’s bittersweet progress. When settlers first came to Cold Sassy there was a whole grove of sassafras trees. To make room for the new railroad, all but one tree was cut down. At the end of the novel, that last tree is felled so that the tracks can be widened, and the townspeople want to change the name of the town to something more modern. With this eradication of the sassafras trees over time, the town grows more modern and distances itself more from its heritage.

What is a good root beer recipe that doesn't use root beer extract or sassafras? by Pe Pe Q: I've never been really impressed with any of the root beer extracts, so I would like to make root beer from scratch. Any suggestions?

A: I have never done this, but I have made beer and this guy really knows what he's talking about. http://www.greydragon.org/library/brewing_root_beer.html This is his main page http://www.greydragon.org/library/index.html

How often can you drink sassafras tea saftely? by Guest9413 Q: since i know that sassafras tea is a blood thinnner i was wondering how often you can drink it.....reply quick please

A: I'm sorry, I used to like it too. But it's not possible, or else the FDA wouldn't have banned it.

can sassafras trees or Russian olive trees become bonsai's? by biofreak Q: i would really like to know, cause the both seem to be very interesting plants.

A: Contrary to what Carole said, both make good bonsai. 100's of species of trees are used for bonsai. On my site, I don't have any sassafras, but do have some very nice Russian olive bonsai. You are welcome to view them at: http://www.american-bonsai.com and also you'll want to read the Bonsai Care page to give you more ideas.

What are the pros and cons of sassafras tea? by Rene Q: I had one health store person tell me that it has a poisoning substance in it and should be taken with caution. When I was a child and a little older we used to drink it all time with no ill feelings. Now that I am much older I have to use caution with everything I do. Does anyone have an opinion or is knowledgeable about this tea? Appreciate you help. Rene

A: Sassafras Tea The role of your cancer health professional is to create an environment of openness and trust, and to help in making informed decisions about alternative/ complementary therapies. Collaboration will improve the safe integration of all therapies during your experience with cancer. The "Summary" and "Professional Evaluation/ Critique" sections of this Unconventional Therapies manual are cited directly from the medical literature, and are intended to help in the objective evaluation of alternative/ complementary therapies. Summary "An overriding consideration in this entire matter of the safety and efficacy of sassafras is that the plant material has no really significant medical or therapeutic utility. Sassafras oil, in common with large number of volatile oils, does possess some mild counterirritant properties on external application, but beyond these, none of the claims of its supporters has been documented in the modern medical literature. Despite its pleasant flavor and its folkloric reputation as a useful tonic, prudent people will avoid this drug because of its potentially harmful qualities." (Tyler) "Sassafras should not be used internally or externally." (Newall) Description/ Source/ Components This tea is made from the young root of sassafras, Sassafras abdidum. The active ingredient is safrole. (Stich) "It contains up to 9 percent of a volatile oil, which, in turn, consists of about 80 percent safrole." (Tyler) Safrole is also a component of many essential oils, such as star anise oil, micranthum oil and camphor oil. (Homburger) History "Sassafras was always popular in folk medicine, being regarded by rural people as a spring tonic or purifier of the blood." (Haines) "The root bark was being used to treat fevers by the natives of Florida prior to 1512 and formed one of the earliest exports of the New World. It still enjoys a considerable reputation as a stimulant, and as treatment for rheumatism, skin disease, syphilis, typhus, dropsy (fluid accumulation), and so on." (Tyler) Sassafras is used for medicinal purposes as well as for a beverage. Aromatic oil derived from the sassafras root bark was formerly much utilized in flavoring confections, soft drinks, and pharmaceutical products. Such use was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1960 after safrole was found to be hepatocarcinogenic (liver-cancer-causing) in the rat. (Stich) "A new use has emerged in the past decade. Clandestine producers of 'designer drugs' have used safrole and isosafrole, derived from the oil of sassafras root bark, as a precursor in the manufacture of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (known as MDMA, ecstasy, XTC, and Adam). This illicit drug gained notoriety in the early 1990's, but it is not a new compound. The synthesis of MDMA from safrole was first described in a German patent published in 1912." (Tyler) Toxicity/ Risks "As a result of research conducted in the early 1960's, safrole was recognized as a carcinogenic agent in rats and mice." (Tyler) "Several naturally occurring aromatic ethers, of which safrole [1-allyl-3,4-(methylenedioxy)-benzene] is one example, are hepatocarcinogens." (Bolton) "Both benign and malignant tumors have developed in laboratory animals, depending on the dose of safrole administered." (Newall) Safrole is a chemical carcinogen, which can induce DNA modification. (Tan) "No one really knows just how harmful it is to human beings, but it has been estimated that one cup of strong sassafras tea could contain as much as 200 mg [milligrams] of safrole, more than four times the minimal amount believed hazardous to humans if consumed on a regular basis." (Tyler) "In concentrations of 1% of the diet, safrole is toxic, producing weight loss, testicular atrophy, and bone marrow depletion. It also induces hepatomas (liver cancer)." (Homburger) "It is estimated that a few drops of sassafras oil are sufficient to kill a toddler and as little as one teaspoonful has proved fatal in an adult. Symptoms of poisoning are described as vomiting, stupor, and collapse. High doses may cause spasms followed by paralysis. Large amount of the oil are reported to be psychoactive with the hallucinogenic effects lasting for several days." (Newall) "Recent studies have shown that even safrole-free sassafras produced tumors in two-thirds of the animals treated with it. Apparently, other constituents in addition to safrole are responsible for part of the root bark's carcinogenic activity." (Tyler) A 72-year-old woman drank sassafras tea up to 10 cups a day and developed diaphoresis and hot flashes. When the woman "stopped drinking the tea, the diaphoresis and hot flashes promptly resolved." (Haines) "We have shown in preliminary pharmacological experiments that certain aqueous and alcoholic extracts prepared from sassafras root bark are capable of eliciting a variety of pharmacological responses in mice, including ataxia, ptosis, hypersensitivity to touch, central nervous system depression and hypothermia. Safrole is also a potent inhibitor of certain liver microsomal hydroxylating systems, a property that could lead to toxicity problems if drugs metabolized by these enzymes are administered together with sassafras teas... To ensure safe and effective drug therapy, it would seem appropriate for physicians to evaluate their patients in terms of extemporaneous herb tea usage and to discourage these practices whenever feasible." (Segelman) "Carcinogenicity of safrole following transplacental exposure of the mouse fetus and exposure of the neonatal mouse via the mother's milk was investigated in mice by intragastric administration of the agent to pregnant and lactating females... Renal epithelial tumors were observed in 7% of female offspring exposed to safrole in utero; none of the other experimental and control animals developed these tumors. Only male offspring nursed during the preweaning period by mothers treated with safrole developed hepatocellular tumors. In contrast, direct administration of safrole, beginning at the time of weaning and continuing for the duration of the experiment, led to a significantly high incidence of hepatocellular tumors in females, but not in males. Eighty-six percent of the liver tumors observed in females were hepatocellular carcinomas with a high rate of pulmonary metastasis. The data suggest that safrole or its metabolites came into contact with fetuses by crossing the placenta and with infants through its excretion in milk to exert the perinatal carcinogenicity." (Vesselinovitch)

How can I prevent a rogue Sassafras tree from entering through my bedroom window at night? by Q: I swear this thing has a mind of its own. It punctures holes in my bedroom window's screen and starts growing into my room at alarming rates. It wakes me up by tickling my nose and I have no explanation on how this even happens. My parents thought it would look nice in our front lawn as an ornamental tree but this thing is wicked and is out to get me. Please help!

A: A Bamboo can defeat/control a sassafras any time any where! There are cold hardy Bamboo as well as tropical. Be aware that a recent book on Bamboo cultivation was titled, "Taming The Dragon". Make a Bamboo your friend and protector. Then; be prepared to explain how a Bamboo crept into your basement, disrupted the concrete during its' passage, and emerged on the other side of your home to terrorize the neighbors.

Sassafras beer by boiling the actual roots? by deleted Q: I found sassafras roots in the woods. Was thinking on making a beer out of it, but concerned that the high oil content in the root would wreck the head (similar to adding espresso to a batch). Think it's doable?

A: Man, I don't know, it may not turn out well.

How can I grow Sassafras trees economically? by Dee Q: I have a love for sassafras tea. I love it, but although I live in the woods where the plant is plentiful I feel badly about digging it up for myself. I could dig up every plant in the woods and still not have enough! That is why I want to learn how to grow the plant so that I may replace what I use for tea. Does anyone know how to do this? Please and thanks! ♥

A: u can sip it in the morning sip it in the evening even at a quarter past 3... cause i like sassafras u like sassafras we like sassafras tea!!!

Is it ok to drink Sassafras tea? by aratafuyu Q: I was on the Appalachian Trail and picked up some Sassafras leaves for tea. But I don't know if its safe to pour water onto them and make them tea. Thanks for your answers in advance.

A: from the british columbia cancer agency "An overriding consideration in this entire matter of the safety and efficacy of sassafras is that the plant material has no really significant medical or therapeutic utility. Sassafras oil, in common with large number of volatile oils, does possess some mild counterirritant properties on external application, but beyond these, none of the claims of its supporters has been documented in the modern medical literature. Despite its pleasant flavor and its folkloric reputation as a useful tonic, prudent people will avoid this drug because of its potentially harmful qualities." (Tyler) "Sassafras should not be used internally or externally." (Newall) Description/ Source/ Components This tea is made from the young root of sassafras, Sassafras abdidum. The active ingredient is safrole. (Stich) "It contains up to 9 percent of a volatile oil, which, in turn, consists of about 80 percent safrole." (Tyler) Safrole is also a component of many essential oils, such as star anise oil, micranthum oil and camphor oil. (Homburger) History "Sassafras was always popular in folk medicine, being regarded by rural people as a spring tonic or purifier of the blood." (Haines) "The root bark was being used to treat fevers by the natives of Florida prior to 1512 and formed one of the earliest exports of the New World. It still enjoys a considerable reputation as a stimulant, and as treatment for rheumatism, skin disease, syphilis, typhus, dropsy (fluid accumulation), and so on." (Tyler) Sassafras is used for medicinal purposes as well as for a beverage. Aromatic oil derived from the sassafras root bark was formerly much utilized in flavoring confections, soft drinks, and pharmaceutical products. Such use was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1960 after safrole was found to be hepatocarcinogenic (liver-cancer-causing) in the rat. (Stich) "A new use has emerged in the past decade. Clandestine producers of 'designer drugs' have used safrole and isosafrole, derived from the oil of sassafras root bark, as a precursor in the manufacture of methylenedioxymethamphetamine (known as MDMA, ecstasy, XTC, and Adam). This illicit drug gained notoriety in the early 1990's, but it is not a new compound. The synthesis of MDMA from safrole was first described in a German patent published in 1912." (Tyler) Toxicity/ Risks "As a result of research conducted in the early 1960's, safrole was recognized as a carcinogenic agent in rats and mice." (Tyler) "Several naturally occurring aromatic ethers, of which safrole [1-allyl-3,4-(methylenedioxy)-benzene] is one example, are hepatocarcinogens." (Bolton) "Both benign and malignant tumors have developed in laboratory animals, depending on the dose of safrole administered." (Newall) Safrole is a chemical carcinogen, which can induce DNA modification. (Tan) "No one really knows just how harmful it is to human beings, but it has been estimated that one cup of strong sassafras tea could contain as much as 200 mg [milligrams] of safrole, more than four times the minimal amount believed hazardous to humans if consumed on a regular basis." (Tyler) "In concentrations of 1% of the diet, safrole is toxic, producing weight loss, testicular atrophy, and bone marrow depletion. It also induces hepatomas (liver cancer)." (Homburger) "It is estimated that a few drops of sassafras oil are sufficient to kill a toddler and as little as one teaspoonful has proved fatal in an adult. Symptoms of poisoning are described as vomiting, stupor, and collapse. High doses may cause spasms followed by paralysis. Large amount of the oil are reported to be psychoactive with the hallucinogenic effects lasting for several days." (Newall) "Recent studies have shown that even safrole-free sassafras produced tumors in two-thirds of the animals treated with it. Apparently, other constituents in addition to safrole are responsible for part of the root bark's carcinogenic activity." (Tyler) A 72-year-old woman drank sassafras tea up to 10 cups a day and developed diaphoresis and hot flashes. When the woman "stopped drinking the tea, the diaphoresis and hot flashes promptly resolved." (Haines) "We have shown in preliminary pharmacological experiments that certain aqueous and alcoholic extracts prepared from sassafras root bark are capable of eliciting a variety of pharmacological responses in mice, including ataxia, ptosis, hypersensitivity to touch, central nervous system depression and hypothermia. Safrole is also a potent inhibitor of certain liver microsomal hydroxylating systems, a property that could lead to toxicity problems if drugs metabolized by these enzymes are administered together with sassafras teas... To ensure safe and effective drug therapy, it would seem appropriate for physicians to evaluate their patients in terms of extemporaneous herb tea usage and to discourage these practices whenever feasible." (Segelman) "Carcinogenicity of safrole following transplacental exposure of the mouse fetus and exposure of the neonatal mouse via the mother's milk was investigated in mice by intragastric administration of the agent to pregnant and lactating females... Renal epithelial tumors were observed in 7% of female offspring exposed to safrole in utero; none of the other experimental and control animals developed these tumors. Only male offspring nursed during the preweaning period by mothers treated with safrole developed hepatocellular tumors. In contrast, direct administration of safrole, beginning at the time of weaning and continuing for the duration of the experiment, led to a significantly high incidence of hepatocellular tumors in females, but not in males. Eighty-six percent of the liver tumors observed in females were hepatocellular carcinomas with a high rate of pulmonary metastasis. The data suggest that safrole or its metabolites came into contact with fetuses by crossing the placenta and with infants through its excretion in milk to exert the perinatal carcinogenicity." (Vesselinovitch)

How do I make hot sassafras tea? by aebarrow07 Q: Do I use the leaves grounded? OR Do I use the root grounded or in pieces (in hot water of course)? How much is to much? Finally, do use the root of sassafras saplings or sassafras trees? Thanks.

A: ask grannie Klampet

How much of Pappy's Sassafras Tea Concentrate goes into a gallon of water? by flameblade_page Q: I'm trying to make a gallon of sassafras tea, but I can't find any instructions or measurements anywhere that tell me how much to add to a gallon of water. Please help! I've already tried going to the site but emailing them involves creating an Outlook 2007 account that I don't want.

A: How about going to Pappy's site and asking.

where can I find sassafras wood in Texas? by aquarianbombshell Q: I'm looking for sassafras wood for tea & aroma from the fireplace. Where in Texas can I find some?

A: If you are looking for it wild, check the map at the link below -- it shows which counties in Texas have it growing natively. They are mostly in eastern Texas. Good luck!

sassafras? by i dontno Q:

A: General info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sassafras Photos: http://www.georgian.edu/pinebarrens/bi_p_sal.htm http://www.sfws.auburn.edu/samuelson/dendrology//lauraceae_pg/sassafras.htm Constituents, etymology: http://www.uni-graz.at/~katzer/engl/Sass_alb.html http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=233501217 Use of sassafras oil and safrole banned: http://www.drugdigest.org/DD/DVH/HerbsWho/0,3923,552413%7CSassafras%2Balbidum,00.html

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