I'm learning a little bit about Sasafrass this morning. The campsite we were in had Sassafras tress all around so this morning I went out to harvest a few young shoots. Sassafras is in the Lauraceae family and is identified by its lobed leaves and reddish orange bark (when mature). The leaves are used sometimes in gumbo as an Okra substitute when Okra is not in season. The bark used to be used in root beer and as a tea to tonify the blood as it has astringent properties. In the 1960s a study was done injecting lab rats with large amounts of the The volatile oil, safrole, found in the bark of Sassafras and in large amounts had adverse effects on them and since has been ban. Folk wisdom drinks a tea made from the young shoots in early spring to move winter stagnation. I'm going to cut the bark into thin pieces, dry them out and save them to be used aromatically as opposed to ingesting it. Anyone have any more knowledge on the use of Sassafras?