Primarily used as a flavoring for beverages, Sarsaparilla Root refers to two separate genus of plants, one native to South Asia, the other native to Central and South America. It is traditionally used in cordials and tonics and can be prepared as a hot tea or cold beverage. It has a root beer-like flavor with hints of vanilla, wintergreen and licorice.
botanical name: Hemidesmus indicus (L.)
USES AND PREPARATIONS
Powdered in tablets and capsules, decoction, made into cold beverages.
It’s uses include detoxificaiton, diuretic, anti-tumor, hormonal balancing, soothing colds and coughs, and is used in the tropics to treat skin conditions due to its antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Native Americans and Native populations living in parts of Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America used sarsaparilla for thousands of years before settlers eventually introduced its benefits to those in Europe around the year 1400. In Europe, especially during the Dark Ages when “purification” was seen as an important practice, this herb was used mostly as a tonic, detoxification agent and blood cleanser.
In magical practices, sarsparilla root has been traditionally used in rituals related to blessing, money, and love.
***Metaphysical/magical outcomes are not implied or guaranteed by using this product. Any information herein related to “magical properties” represents historical or traditional usages in mythology, folklore, folk medicine, or alternative spiritual practices and is provided as a matter of interest and entertainment only.***
If you are pregnant, check with your doctor before using the herbs or roots as a supplement, tea, or other forms of ingestion. Use of this herb or root is not meant to replace traditional medical care or treat illness or disease. Consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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