Botanical Name: Smilax aristolochiifolia
- English: Mexican sarsaparilla
- Also, known as: Smilax ornata Hook, Gray sarsaparilla
Habitat: South America
Parts Used: Root
As the name suggests, Mexican Sarsaparilla is found in Southern Mexico, but it is also distributed throughout South America, particularly in El Salvador, Guatemala and Belize. While the root is sometimes used in tea blends, it is traditionally used to produce liquid extracts for use in flavoring beverages, baked goods and confections. Don’t confuse sarsaparilla with Indian or false sarsaparilla. In manufacturing, sarsaparilla is used as a flavoring agent in foods, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. In the American history sarsaparilla was the most popular drink of the cowboys.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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