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Friday, September 18, 2015


Sarsaparilla – Herb of the week

Smilax officinalis
Personal Note– This is a real favourite of mine, and an excellent all-round tonic. Sarsaparilla is the original root beer!
Description – Sarsaparilla is native to Central America. In Spanish it is known as ‘zarzaparrilla’ which is derived from the word “zarza” meaning “thorny” and “parrilla” meaning “little grape vine”.
Common medical usesPsoriasis
  • Digestive problems
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Kidney problems
  • Fluid retention
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
How to consume
  • Tincture
  • Decoction
Works well with –  Sarsaparilla pairs well with other adaptogens like Siberian ginseng, fo-ti, or schizandra. It also goes well with Nettle root, and Oregon grape in skin formulas.
My favourite combo involving Sarsaparilla is to mix it with a little vanilla extract and honey, and serve with some soda water!

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