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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sarsaparilla

 

Sarsaparilla is a medicinal herb that is known to be an excellent detoxifier and blood purifier. Sarsaparilla is rich in vitamins A, C, D, and B-complex as well as minerals such as chromium, cobalt, zinc, and silicon. It also contains anti-microbial compounds such as falcarinol and panaxydol which makes it great for helping to protect the body from bacteria, viral, and fungal infections. Sarsaparilla is often used as a diuretic and as has a strong affinity for helping the kidneys flush toxic material out of the body. It is also known to be a good sweat inducer and fever reducer which can come in handy during cold and flu season. Sarsaparilla contains potent anti-cancer compounds and has been shown to be particularly helpful for liver, breast, and lung cancer. It is also known to be beneficial for diabetes, cold sores, shingles, genital herpes, dermatitis, and seizures. Sarsaparilla also contains anti-inflammatory properties and is effective for autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, and irritable bowel syndrome. It has also shown to be very good at reducing psoriasis symptoms due to the fact that the saponins in sarsaparilla help to clear endotoxins from the bloodstream that cause the painful and itchy skin patches. Sarsaparilla was traditionally used as an original ingredient in old-fashioned root beer for its flavor and medicinal benefits, but it also makes a wonderful tea and can be made by adding 2 teaspoons of dried root to 2 cups of water and simmered for at least 30 minutes. Allow to cool, strain and sweeten with raw honey if desired. Sarsaparilla can be found in tea, tincture, capsule, extract, or cream form online or at your local health food store.