Sarsaparilla - Smilax Spp.

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This Sarsaparilla (Smilax spp.) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Sarsaparilla - Smilax spp. (ornata species on photo above) in the Liliaceae or Lily family

Part used: Root.

Taste/smell: Soapy.

Tendencies: Drying.

Dosage: Decoction: 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:4 dry strength liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Alterative, (b) Diuretic, (c) Diaphoretic, (d) Emetic.

Sarsaparilla is used for hormonal imbalances. It is used by both men and women as a tonic and aphrodisiac. In women it is considered more supportive during the luteal phase.  Sarsaparilla has been used for a variety of skin problems including psoriasis.  It is also used for rheumatism and gout.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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