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What to Know about Sarsaparilla Root

There are hundred types of Sarsaparilla that come from different species around the world. Each species, Smilax in particular, has originated in different parts of the world. Common names include Honduran sarsaparilla, Mexican sarsaparilla and Jamaican sarsaparilla. They offer the same benefits with a distinct unique identification and flavors. However, Indian sarsaparilla, aka False Sarsaparilla, lacks the active properties found in its counterparts. Although Indian sarsaparilla looks similar. it is not related to the Smilax species sarsaparillas. When selecting sarsaparilla, read the label carefully to confirm that you are purchasing Mexican, Honduran, or Jamaican sarsaparilla. It can be used as food, root beer, and old-fashioned licorice.

Cut and sifted sarsaparilla

Benefits of Sarsaparilla

  • Rich in iron

  • Boosts immune system

  • Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-cancer anti-bacterial properties

  • Reduces joint pain and swelling

  • Reduces eczema, psoriasis and minor skin issues

  • Blood purifying properties

  • Relieves toothaches

  • Detoxing: *Sarsaparilla promotes sweating and urination.


Sarsaparilla should not be consumed in high dosages.

Tincture: Squeeze approximately 20-50 drops in water or directly in your mouth, three times daily.

Capsules: Take one capsule three times daily. Increase or decrease as needed. Do not consume more than 3 capsules daily.

Tea: Add one teaspoon of herb per 8 oz cup of hot water. Let it sit for 10-20 mins. Strain, cool, enjoy.

Side Effects

Sarsaparilla may cause stomach irritation if consumed in high dosage.

Who Should Avoid

Do not consume if you are on certain medications. Consult your doctor before consuming. If you are pregnant and/or breastfeeding, consult your doctor before consuming.

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