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Friday, June 10, 2011

Sassafras Tea

Sassafras Tea was Americas first tea Sassafras was also though to be syrum from the fountain of youth. The end of May always sees our Pioneers museum come to life with vendors sharing the past with all that will listen. This year my two youngest were able to try for the first time Sassafras Tea. I can tell you now that they did not become quick fans of it but I can remember going with my grandparents on the look for Sassafras to make tea with. Sassafras teas have had many uses in the past ranging from
  • Washed on the skin to cure blemishes and chase away flies

    Drank to cure that nasty spring fever slump

    To ease digestive problems

    To ward off evil revenuers

    Dabbed behind the ears to attract men and kill lice, cooties and transplanted bedbugs

Sassafras Tea

Sassafras roots



When you get the roots of the sassafras tree, scrub them careful not to wash away the root bark. Granny used to say that the small roots had better and fresher sap than the large roots. Put water into a pan and let the water boil. When the water comes to a boil, add the roots. Boil. I usually boil until the liquid is a deep reddish brown. The darker the liquid is, the stronger the flavor. Remove from heat. Put a coffee filter in a metal strainer and pour liquid through this into a pitcher, add enough sugar to your liking and serve hot or cold.

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