Sassafras is a sturdy tree found in the bayous of Louisiana related to the magnolia tree and it produces three shapes of leaves - one large "mitten" lobe leaf, a small "thumb" oval leaf, and a three-lobed leaf. The aromatic leaves have a citrus-like scent when crushed and a sweet and warm flavor. They are quite mucilaginous. Because of this, the sassafras leaf is traditionally used to make Filé (FEE-lay), a thickening and flavoring agent in Gumbo and other Cajun and Creole sauces and soups. The leaves should be simmered gently, and never boiled even when used as a tea. 


Sassafras is an ancient healing plant for eastern Native American Tribes revered for its many health benefits. It is well known for its anti-coagulant and blood purifying agents. This tree is full of amazing nutrients that support benefits like stress relief, strengthening immunity, skin health, and anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. Safrole is the component in the plant that gives it it’s unique fragrance and flavor and it should be noted that a government study showed that safrole may be carcinogenic.  



Sassafras albidum






Dried Leaf / Cut & Sifted


Culinary and Medicinal Herb


Ground tisane teas and tea bags - Steep 2 to 5 minutes

Loose leaf tisane teas - Steep 3-5 minutes

Root and seed-based tisane teas - Steep 6-8 minutes

*Steep in newly boiling water (212ºF) to best release the health benefits.


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Sassafras Leaf

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