Sassafras

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How does Sassafras work?

There isn't enough information available to know how sassafras works.

Are there safety concerns?

Sassafras seems safe when consumed in foods and beverages if it is "safrole-free." It is unsafe for use as a medicine. Sassafras can cause sweating and hot flashes. High amounts can cause vomiting, high blood pressure, hallucinations, and more severe side effects. It can cause skin rashes when used on the skin.

Sassafras is UNSAFE for children. A few drops of sassafras oil may be deadly.

Do not take sassafras if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have a urinary condition, such as a urinary tract infection (UTI).
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. Sassafras might cause excessive sedation if combined with medications used during and after surgery.

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