Common Name: Sarsaparilla Root, Mexican Root Tea, Chaney root, Magic Root
Botanical Name: (Smilax officinalis)
Description: Sarsaparilla root is the root of a medicinal woody vine with small green flowers found in Mexico and Central America.
Ethnobotanical History: Known as the energy source of the smurfs in popular culture, Sarsaparilla has been used in Caribbean ethnic medicine as a tonic, energizer and aphrodisiac. Used in marriage rituals for hundreds of years. Considered similar to Ginseng. In Jamaica it is a key ingredient in alcohol based love potions, elixirs and aphrodisiacs. It was the primary ingredient in old fashioned style root beer, alongside Sassafras, which was banned due to the fact its oil could be used to manufacture MDMA (Ecstasy).
Usage: The root can be chewed. A tea can be brewed by steeping 1tsp in 150ml boiled water for 10-20mins. To make a common Jamaican love tonic, soak the chips in alcohol for 5 days. 5-6 gram is an effective dose. A stimulating and euphoric drink can be produced by boiling 8 gram in 1litre of a 3:1 mix of water and condensed milk.
Active Constituents: Steroidal saponins
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