Sassafras, How do I love you? Let me count the ways.

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Elizabeth Conley, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    I love sassafras tea. The smell is divine. Its exquisite peach-pink hue and crystal clarity never fail to charm. Unfortunately sassafras is toxic.

    That means " filé", that incomparable powder from sassafras leaves that makes Cajun cuisine unique, is also off the menu. I'm crushed.

    I learned this early this year, right after a dear friend gifted me with a pound of fragrant sassafras roots. We reveled in a few tea parties (all the Conley ladies love sassafras), but when we learned of the FDA warning we regretfully threw away our entire stock.

    Now it seems that Sassafras is not the only "natural" elixir to get the toxic label this year.

    Let's be careful folks. Natural does not universally equate to healthy.

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/herbal-remedy-blamed-high-cancer-rate-taiwan-study-204239835.html
     
  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    As I always say, when people tout something as being "natural," so are poison mushrooms.

    (Though with this sassafras thing, it's entirely possible that these people were ingesting huge quantities of it. A cup of tea now and then is probably harmless.)
     
  3. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    George Carlin did the best teardown of "all natural" and other marketroid lingo I've ever heard.

    On the topic of Sassafras...I know a user at another forum who goes by that name. She would be crushed to hear this, and it would probably reach meme status in about 7 seconds.
     
  4. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    I would take anything the FDA says with a large block salt lick.
     
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