This herb is only available
for external use as it contains a substance which the authorities have found to be toxic.
Tests in the 1960s revealed that the main agent in the oil, safrole, is carcinogenic in
rats and mice. Until the ban, the herb was widely used for a variety of ailments,
including colic and rheumatism.
The essential oil of the
root bark has a mild antiseptic property and is useful for wounds.
How It May Benefit
The only approved
applications are external.
Do not take internally.
Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced
herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.
Sassafras is available as
an essential oil and tincture and as fresh or dried root bark, although internal use is