SARSAPARILLA

SARSAPARILLA: “A Sexy Reputation”

Congestive Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure and Syphilis

Also Known As: American, Ecuadoran Sarsaparilla, Honduran, Jamaican, Mexican and Vera Cruz

HISTORY:

In the 19th century, sarsaparilla was most widely uses for the treatment of syphilis. In 1494, an epidemic of virulent syphilis swept over Europe killing thousands. Europeans looked to herbs across the Atlantic for treatment. The herb of choice was sarsaparilla. This herb is also used for congestive heart failure and for people who suffer from high blood pressure.

PREPARATION:

  • Decoction:

Boil 1 cup of water and add 1 to 2 teaspoons of powdered root. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. May drink up to 3 cups a day.

  • Tincture:

Take a minimum of ¼ to a maximum of ½ teaspoon no more than 3 times a day.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

In the United States, sarsaparilla is not a garden herb. It is a climbing, wood, prickly stemmed vine with pointed oval shaped leaves. The medicinal parts of the plant are the roots, which are underground.

SAFETY:

Do not take more than the daily recommended amount when taking sarsaparilla. Burning sensations in the mouth and throat can occur if more than the medicinal amount is taken. Sarsaparilla is on the FDA’s list regarded as being generally safe.