All is not lost though as its applications and uses behold its medicinal properties. Sassafras is still being used externally for skin aliments, wounds and rubbing of oil on affected areas. In Europe, sassafras was used to cure syphilis. Although it can safely be used for eczema and psoriasis it is found to relieve arthritic pain, gout and rheumatism. Its strong smell makes its useful for dental care too. It can be used as a mouthwash to remove infection. Sassafras can also be applied on the head to kill lice. It is useful to relive intestinal gas. It has proved well as a diuretic too. Sassafras can be used in fevers. So much warning comes with the properties many patients shy away from using it. Like every other tree has its worth, sassafras too enjoys its position in the medical world. The root after it is free from safrole is used as a flavouring agent and the leaves are useful for file powder. Its aroma is useful as potpourri in rooms for creating fragrance. And what else is the tree useful for - making fences, boats and canoes, furniture, can be used as cooperage as it can be a good source for timber. There is a story that beds made from sassafras get out fragrance so that evil spirits keep away. One cannot deny the curative abilities of the tree. Tree lovers still respect its utility.
Sassafras is native to eastern parts of North America - Ontario to Florida and Texas, and all the way to Missouri.
Infusion: sassafras' infusion should be drunk thrice daily. To make one, pour a cup of boiling water over one to two tsp. of the dried sassafras, and then leave it to infuse for about ten to fifteen minutes. Oil: sassafras oil should never be taken internally. It is used for the external lice treatment. Tincture: one to two ml of the sassafras tincture thrice daily.
The root of sassafras is unearthed to gather this herb.