Family Name: Lauraceae
Botanical Name(s): Sassafras Officinale
Popular Name(s): Sassafras, Ague Tree, Cinnamon Wood and
Parts Used: Bark Root
Habitat: Eastern United States, from Canada to Florida, and
Description: The tree stands 20 to 40 feet high, with many
slender branches, and smooth, orange brown bark. The leaves are broadly
oval, alternate, and 3 to 7 inches long. The flowers are small, and have
an inconspicuous, greenish yellow color. The roots are large and woody.
Uses: The oil is said to relieve the pain caused by menstrual
obstructions. It is used in skin diseases. It has been praised as a
dental disinfectant. A lotion of rose water or distilled water, with
Sassafras Pith is recommended for the eyes.