Sarsaparilla root tea has cognitive properties in it. It can calm you down and make you relax more easily, which is the reason why many people prefer to consume this tea before they go off to bed at night. Not only can it help you get ready for bed, but it can also help relieve stress, which in turn has substantial health benefits.
Sarsaparilla: The Healing Herb
- Starting in around the 1950s, European physicians considered sarsaparilla root a “tonic, blood purifier, diuretic and sweat promoter” that could help treat serious, even life-threatening infections, such as leprosy or cancer.
- Today, sarsaparilla products go by many different names depending on exactly which roots or plants are used to make the product, how they’re prepared, and what part of the world they come from. Other common names for sarsaparilla include Smilax, Honduran sarsaparilla, Jamaican sarsaparilla and zarzaparilla.
- While it’s no longer used to treat skin infections from tropical bugs, leprosy or syphilis, sarsaparilla can commonly still be found in herbal preparations for balancing hormones, lowering fluid retention and improving overall immune function.
How to use Sarsaparilla?
In Jamaica, the sarsaparilla’s benefits are usually harnessed by boiling the plant’s root in a clean container for about 20 to 30 minutes. The dark liquid that remains is then covered and left to ferment for at least a day when it is then sweetened with honey and consumed as a beverage in moderate amounts.
NOTE: What are the side effects of sarsaparilla? Although it’s been consumed safely by indigenous populations for centuries, there are some potential side effects when using any herb. Only very rarely have side effects been reported, but it’s possible to experience signs of an allergic reaction or an upset stomach when consuming this plant. If you take any medications or have sensitivities to other herbs, speak with a doctor before using sarsaparilla. If you’re pregnant, it’s best to avoid this plant, since there haven’t been many studies showing it’s safe to be used during this time.
SARSAPARILLA~(Jamaican Root Smilax ornata)
Medicinal benefits of Sarsaparilla...
...has a long history of use in Ayurvedic herbal medicine, which originated in India, and is considered a natural digestive aid, sexual tonic, sleep promoter, and anti-inflammatory agent.