Sassafras Tree Benefits

Spaniards discovered the exuberant and aromatic sassafras tree in the forests of Florida in 1538. Soon after this, they observed the natives used it as a febrifuge.

sassafras tree leaves

Sassafras Tree Scientific Facts

  1. Scientific name – Sassafras officinalis Nees.
  2. Other names – Angue tree.
  3. French: Sassafras.
  4. Spanish: Sasafrás.
  5. Environment: Native to the Atlantic coast of North America, it has spread to Central and South America.
  6. Description – Tree of the Lauraceae family, growing up to 20 m high. It has a thick trunk with hard, reddish bark. The leaves are different even on the same tree, some are oval-shaped, and other ones are lobulated.
  7. Parts of the plant used medicinally: The trunk and root bark.

Sassafras Tree Healing Properties

The trunk and root bark contain up to 9 percent essence, formed by 80 percent safrol, 10 percent pinene and phellandrene, and 0.5 percent eugenol. This essence is the responsible agent for the properties of this plant.


Please do not exceed the recommended dose, nor apply it for an extended period. The essence in high doses causes convulsions and may produce a circulatory breakdown.

How to use Sassafras

  1. Infusion with 10 to 20 grams of bark per liter of water. Drink up to three cups daily.
  2. Essence – The recommended dose is 1 to 2 drops three times a day.


George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 678. Print. [sassafras tree]

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