I remembered I did a really good previous post on sassafras and I had found a very good explanation on the concern of using it. These articles express the danager lies in using any sassafras that is in a tincture or in an oil form, but if you use the bark steeped in water-safe. As always do your own research as well and consult your health care provider.
I did a nice post on this last year I believe (check my tags), but the reason I decided to do it again is I love this one. Also, when Larry was clearing some downed trees with his dozer this week, he discovered one of the smaller trees was a sassafras-he brought up a part of the root-which was huge-and smelled so good. We have sitting just outside so you can smell it as you walk up to the front door.
Information here http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/sassaf20.html
I always loved the leaves on this plant and there are several different shapes, one looks like a mitten
I have read as this following article also states that sassafras is no longer considered safe for consumption. I still enjoy at least a cup of tea ever so often though
Sassafras is a very small genus of deciduous trees native to eastern and eastern Asia. The grows up to 120 feet and up to 6 feet in diameter but is usually about 30 – 40 feet high with all parts of the tree being very fragrant. Sassafras is distinguishable by its unique leaf pattern; a single tree will have 3 different leaf patterns on the same branch and when the leaf is crushed smells like lemons.
Sassafras root was used to make Root Beer until 1960 when Sassafras was banned for consumption. Due to a number of animal and human illnesses with the use of Sassafras it is no longer used in beverages, teas, or even cosmetics; however, very small doses are sometimes used. http://www.crazyfortea.com/sassafrasherb.html
Powdered Sassafras is used as a thickening agent in some gumbo dishes in other countries.
Sassafras wood is considered very durable and is used to make posts and barrels and cabinetry.
Sassafras was used to make Root Beer by boiling the roots in molasses; however, this is not considered safe and has been banned.
Native Americans used Sassafras to treat many ills including headaches and to cause abortions.
Sassafras was used to treat insect bites when the leaves were crushed and rubbed directly on bite.
Sassafras Dangers & Cautions
Sassafras is not considered a safe herb and should not be used internally or externally.