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While out digging Sassafras, Sassafras albidum, roots, a woman stopped, along her way.

She asked, “What are you doing?”

I answered, twig in mouth, “Making tea!”

With a cheerful, “REALLY” she came on over, to investigate; full of questions!  We had a fun, show and tell, session.  I offered her a meristem (young, still growing, stem), to sample, explaining that it was my favorite toothbrush, and delicious.   She hesitated, asking, “Um. . .doesn’t Sassafrass. . .umm. . . . cause cancer?”

Ah, the urban legends.  Yes, there was a medical study showing a link between Safrole, a component of  Sassafras extract, and cancer in laboratory animals.  The rodents were fed large amounts of this essential oil found in Sassafras.  In my thinking, this study is  irrelevant for two reasons.

First, it would be nearly impossible to consume an equivalent amount of Safrole, to make a comparison; even if I drank several cups of tea…

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Posted October 5, 2012 by forageporage in Uncategorized

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