<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Sarsaparilla

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(Smilax aristolochiaefolia)
Common names: Bamboo Briar, Quay, Quill, Red Sarsaparilla, Small Spikenard, Spignet.
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Parts Used: Root. Methods Used: Water extraction.
Spiritual Uses: None identified to date.

Physical Uses: Sarsaparilla is a native plant from as far south as southern Mexico and northern South America and as far east as Jamaica.

Once a common spring tonic, the anti-inflammatory property of the tea was also said to be good for fever, colds, rheumatism, and digestive problems.

Improves appetite.

Native Americans used it to treat urinary problems, arthritis, and as a general tonic.

A treatment for poisoning.

Externally, it was employed to treat boils and other swellings.

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