Just as the Native Americans did for hundreds of years, people all across the native range of sassafras continue to harvest it and make homemade root beer yearly with no apparent detriment to their health. If you feel adventurous and would like to go out and harvest some of your own to make your sassafras root beer, here is what you need to look for. If you are unsure as to whether a root or stem that you have gathered is sassafras, just break the root or stem and smell it. If it is sassafras, it will smell just like root beer.
If you do not have sassafras readily available to you, it can be purchased online and at many health food stores.
Homemade Sassafras Root Beer
If you want to try your hand at making a delicious detoxifying tonic, try the recipe below and then relax and enjoy the flavors.
The following formulations are submissions by readers.
#1 (From Dr. Paul Keyes)
Add glycerin to baking soda to form a pasty mixture that can be applied to a toothbrush with a spoon or other instrument.
- Put a capful of hydrogen peroxide in a tumbler.
- Moisten bristles of toothbrush (mulitufted) by dipping in peroxide
- Rub moistened bristles over cake of unscented Neutrogena soap
- Cover bristles with soda-glycerin mixture.
- While watching in a mirror brush cheek-sides and tongue-sides of teeth
- Redip brush in peroxide as needed
- Work mixture between teeth with a flat toothpick or Butler stimulator
A few drops of wintergreen oil could be added to the glycerin-soda mixture for flavor
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