Sassafras Tea

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by Shrimptastic

A good ol timey, fine-tasting tea. A very unique blend of flavors. I've been making sassafras tea since I was little. Easy to make and worth the effort. A great country drink. Don't drink too often though as too much sassafras tea can be harmful. Prep time depends on how long it takes you to find 4 4' tall saplings :)

Top Review by Sueski

Perfect Tea Everytime! Thank you for posting.
Not afraid of drinking this...everything in moderation.
Heck, even the sun burns if you get too much.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 14 inches sassafras root, means 4 pieces sassafras root 1/4 " to 1/2-inch inch in diameter
  • 2 quarts water
  • sugar or honey


  1. Gather or buy the sassafrass root. Wash roots and cut saplings off where they're green and where the root ends.
  2. Bring water to a boil and add roots.
  3. Simmer until the water is a deep brownish red (the darker the stronger -- I like mine strong).
  4. Strain into a pitcher through wire and a coffee filter if you don't want any sediment.
  5. Add honey or sugar to taste.
  6. Serve hot or cold (I like mine ice cold) with lemon and a sprig of mint.

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