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Sarsaparilla

Root, Cut, 50 Gr from Mexico (SKU 3148)

Roughly cut Sarsaparilla root, sustainably wild harvested from Mexico. Free from pesticides, and naturally dried. Used since hundreds of years by the indigenous tribes and strongly valued for its potent cleansing effects.

Part

root

Form

cut

Weight

50 gr

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max: 1

 




The species can be found in tropical rainforests and temperate regions in the Americas, Asia, India, and Australia. Sarsaparilla became known in Europe through the Spanish people in Mexico and South America. Sarsaparilla has been recognized as a general medicine in traditional cultures in Mexico and South America, as well as in China and India. Throughout the course of history it has been used for a variety of purposes. Moreover, the root is said to improve physical performance.[5]

Other names: Zarzaparrilla, Black Creeper, Sariva, Kalisar, Dudhilata, Sugandhi, Honduras Sarsaparilla, Red Sarsaparilla, Spanish Sarsaparilla, Tu Fu Ling, Dwipautra, Paalvalli, Sariva, Siamalata.

To prepare Sarsaparilla tea, use ¼ to one teaspoon of the powdered root and add ~ 300ml hot water. Thereafter, leave it to steep for 5-10 minutes. Honey or agave can be added if preferred

Sarsaparilla root has been used for centuries by the indigenous peoples of Central and South America. Many shamans and medicine men in the Amazon use sarsaparilla root internally and externally. New World traders found it and introduced it into European medicine in the 1400s.[1]

Sarsaparilla was also used by indigenous people of Mexico, such as the Aztecs. Its nature was considered to be "dry and hot", a reference to the ancient system of characterizing medicinal plants. Mexican Sarsaparilla was introduced to Seville about 1536. Few plants have had the rise and fall in popularity that Sarsaparilla has had. When it was introduced it was considered remarkably effective for diverse chronic diseases, and many doctors of the time wrote about its benefits. During its height of popularity, 1831, for example, 176,854 pounds of the herb were imported into England alone.[2]

For use in medicine, Sarsaparilla root is dried and chopped, shredded, or powdered. In Chinese medicine, Sarsaparilla is combined with a number of other ingredients into an oral compound, while Indian traditional healers apply the juice of Sarsaparilla leaves topically.[3]

"According to Monardes, the Spanish botanist, Mexican Sarsaparilla was introduced into European medicine about 1536 at Seville. Other species soon followed from Guatamala and Honduras. They were highly regarded as a remedy for syphilis, which was also imported from the new world in the late 1400's, and for rheumatism. From Spain, the herb found its way into the pharmacists shops all over Europe and England.

The Greeks and Romans considered Sarsaparilla an antidote for poisons. Sarsaparilla encourages excretion of toxins and waste materials and acts as an antidote for various poisons.

The original Sarsaparilla was "observed by Schiede on the Eastern slope of the mountains (in Mexico). He was told that its roots gathered all year long, dried in the sun and tied into bundles, being carried to Vera Cruz for export." (1879)

A Tribe of climbing and shrubby plants, belonging to the Smilacaceae (Greenbrier family), with oval leaves conspicuously veined. Sarsaparilla got its name from two Spanish words: "Zarza" and "Parilla," referring to the thorny vines of the plant. The plant now under consideration is a native of Central America, especially of Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, and New Grenada. Several varieties of the root come upon the market, of which the present species seems most valuable. According to Humboldt and Bonpland, this plant has an angular, twining, and somewhat prickly stem, the young shoots being smooth. Leaves ovate-oblong, acute, smooth, tough, five to seven-nerved, a foot long, on short petioles, with stipules in the form of tendrils. The roots are slender, very long, several from the same collum, reddish-brown, and tough.[4]

Sarsaparilla's main plant chemicals include: acetyl-parigenin, astilbin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoyl-shikimic acids, dihydroquercetin, diosgenin, engeletin, essential oils, epsilon-sitosterol, eucryphin, eurryphin, ferulic acid, glucopyranosides, isoastilbin, isoengetitin, kaempferol, parigenin, parillin, pollinastanol, resveratrol, rhamnose, saponin, sarasaponin, sarsaparilloside, sarsaponin, sarsasapogenin, shikimic acid, sitosterol-d-glucoside, smilagenin, smilasaponin, smilax saponins A-C, smiglaside A-E, smitilbin, stigmasterol, taxifolin, and titogenin.[1]
     Sarsaparilla is also a very nutritious plant, containing omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B complexes, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and manganese.  

The fragrance of the root is considered pleasant with a spicy sweet taste. A different species also known as Sarsaparilla was formerly used extensively as a flavoring agent. Most notably, it was traditionally the ingredient that gave root beer its distinctive taste.

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[1] Sarsaparilla, Raintree Plant Database
[2] Sarsaparilla, Innvista
[3] Sarsaparilla, Drug Digest
[4] Smilax Officinalis, King's American Dispensatory
[5] Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, edited by Jeff M. Jellin

This natural product is offered for its ethnographic and historical value and is delivered with no expressed or implied fitness for a specific purpose. It is simply a raw botanical specimen, or a scientific sample. The information provided is purely meant for historical, scientific and educational purposes and should never be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific use. The use and application of our product is at the customer's decision, responsibility and risk.
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