The first sassafras tea I ever tried was some my older brother made. I think he was probably in high school and had come across Euell Gibbons' book, Stalking the Wild Asparagus. I think my brother experimented with several things from that book.
I made a little sassafras tea this evening and drank a cup with supper.
I boiled some fresh roots from some small suckers. (This is what they looked like after boiling.)
I added about a quart of cold water, boiled it for about 10 minutes, then let it steep on the stove eye for another 10 minutes or so. I strained it through a closely woven cotton dish towel into a quart jar that had about 1/4 c. sugar in it.
One of the side effects of sassafras is sweating. I went out and picked a few blackberries in the backyard this evening, and even though the blackberries were already in the evening shade, boy did I sweat! Of course, that is not unusual for me even when I haven't had sassafras tea, so no conclusive evidence there.
Here are the blackberries--hopefully enough to make a pie.
Will the antioxidants in the berries offset the safrole in the tea?