Sarsaparilla Root Tea
Native to South and Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, sarsaparilla root has been used over the years to treat many different ailments. It was primarily used to treat syphilis in the 1800’s, and was exported to Europe for this express purpose. Health tonics were manufactured and sold with the claims that they were useful as diuretics, blood purifiers, and general health boosting agents. Although it is not used as frequently for syphilis anymore, the other health claims still stand up, and many make tea using the roots of this plant to help detoxify and strengthen the body.
The sarsaparilla root is different from the tree that many people are more familiar with up in the Northern hemisphere. This vine-like plant has long thorns and woody stems. This root is known for containing essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, B-Complex, C, D, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and amino and fatty-acids. For this reason, many will use this root to brew a healthy tea that can offer benefits as well as essential nutrients that can be useful for supplementing health.*