History of Sassafras :
About 1512, Ponce de Leon and a bunch of fellows were looking up and down Florida coast searching for the "Fountain of Youth." Of Course they didn't find it, but they sure discovered something a whole lot better, Ponce and his followers discovered Sassafras.
Sassafras soon became a sort of sulfanilamide-penicillin-streptomycin to the folks in Europe. Now we sure don't make these claims, but we do say that Sassafras makes a very delicious drink, Hot or Iced!
When the news of Sassafras got around, you can well imagine why it became number one in everybody's hit parade. In the 16th century, the government did not have cost restrictions, so the price of Sassafras sky rocketed to $4.00 per pound!
Soon the whole ocean was swarming with Sassafras seekers. Sir Walter Raleigh, Champlain, Captain Smith, Winthrop, Martin Pring and William Penn just to name a few who brought home a winner. Lucky thing for us too, because these fellows did a heap of exploring and discovering in the process. So we can really say that Sassafras Tea is a beverage that helped shape the history of the world. From P. DeLeon in 1512 to American Indians to the early pioneers to today's modern people Sassafras tea is still Americas Original Tea.
HABITAT AND GROWING CONDITIONS :
This is hardy annual growing to a height of 2 feet with ray shaped flowers ranging from pale yellow to bright orange. Fine hairs cover the stems and leaves.
Although Sassafras shrubs and trees are plentiful and grow wild from Maine's Appalachian range to the Ozarks, they cannot be cultivated. The roots have to be dug by hand in the early springtime when the flavor- filled sap is still in the sassafras root.
ACTIONS & USES:
Folklore states sassafras was used as a spring tonic to clean bad blood. It is helpful with eczema, psoriasis, rheumatism and gout. It was even used to kill head lice and other like infestations.
There's no caffeine, and less than one calorie per serving. You can enjoy its bromatic flavor any time, day or night. Learn for yourself how down right satisfying this tasty brew can be either hot or iced. It is the Orginal American Tea.