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Sarsaparilla's botanical name is Smilax officinalis, and it is of the family of liliaceae. It originates
in the Tropical Mid and South Americas. The part that is used is the root.
The Characteristics of Sarsaparilla are:
Hormone regulator
General tonicum/stimulator
Depurativum (blood cleansing)
Sudoriferum (stimulates transpiration)
Increases muscular structure
Digestivum (stimulates digestion)
Lowers cholesterol
Stimulates removal of uric acid
Carminativum (helps remove intestinal gas)
Lowers fevers
It is applied for:
~Shortage or upset balance of masculine sex hormones, impotence, muscle weakness
~Shortage or upset balance of feminine sex hormones, irregular menstruation, menopause
complaints, uterine cramping right after giving birth
~Strength-building sports: stimulates increase of muscle mass, Gives better tolerance against
heavy physical exertion/training
~Intestinal toxins
~Skin issues, pubescent acne, psoriasis, rash, ringworm, eczema
~Rheumatic ailments, reactive arthritis, Reiter's syndrome, joint pains
~Insufficient urge to urinate, uremia
~Viral illnesses, cold, flu
~Infections, susceptibility to infections
~Low tolerance of exertion with heart patients
~Too high cholesterol levels
~Digestive disturbances, gas, constipation
~Blood circulation disturbances in the legs

Addition by Lotus:

A bit of trivia for root beer lovers: Sarsaparilla, a key ingredient in this tasty brew, has a 500-
year history as a remedy for a certain social disease - syphilis. Even pirates and cowboys took the
"cure" say historians. Among many cultures, from the ancient Chinese to the Native Americans,
sarsaparilla has a long rich history of use as a long-term tonic and treatment for skin diseases
rheumatism and urinary tract infections. Sarsaparilla was introduced to European medicine in the
mid 16th century by Spanish explorers and despite its rich history scientists say there is little
sound research to back up the many claims for this herb.

The only clinical studies on sarsaparilla are almost 50 years old. These studies showed
improvement in appetite and digestion, beneficial effects on certain skin diseases and diuretic
effects. There is some evidence it may also have liver-protective properties but its value has yet
to be demonstrated. Interestingly enough, some leading herbalists maintain that there is no
scientific basis for the medicinal use of sarsaparilla and the herb's only legitimate use is as a
flavoring and foaming agent in foods and such drinks as root beer.


The use of sarsaparilla should only ever be used under the supervision of a doctor and never used
by pregnant women or children under the age of 2.
The active plant parts, Rhizome and roots would definitely pose the problems. As for the
essential oil, I wasn't aware Sarsaparilla was available as an essential oil. Guess I learned
something new today

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