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Sassafras Tea Recipe

Enjoy this soothing cup of warm tea in the coziness of your home.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: sassafras, sassafras tea
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 3 servings
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 4 and a 1/4 inches of sassafras root, ( 4 pieces sassafras root 1/4 " to 1/2-inch in diameter)
  • 3 cups of water


  • To make sassafras tea, purchase or gather sassafras root and wash it thoroughly. Cut off any excess plant material, such as the green of a potential sapling or the tips of the roots.
  • Bring a pot of water to boil and add the roots. While the roots steep, the color will begin to change to a deep red or brown.
  • Once the roots have steeped for 5-10 minutes, strain the mixture to separate the roots and any plant material.
  •  Add honey or sweetener for flavor.


This tea can be served hot or cold, and most herbalists do not recommend more than 1-2 cups per day for no longer than a month. This should be used as a treatment, rather than a consistently used preventative measure, due to the health concerns associated with this tea.