Sassafras is most popularly known for its use against head lice. It is also useful against broken skin, rheumatism and gout. However, it is now highly regulated and difficult to purchase.
Instructions for Use
Sassafras oil is known to be unsafe, and should not be used in aromatherapy. The essential oil is high in safrole at around an 85% concentration. Safrole is banned by the FDA because it is carcinogenic, and can cause cancer. The essential oil should never be taken internally. It is now almost exclusively used for external lice treatment.
History and Additional Information
This deciduous tree matures at a height of around 140 ft. and produces yellowish-green flowers The tree is very aromatic and pleasing to the senses. It was popularly used in ancient medicine to treat common ailments of the time, including hypertension, arthritis and gout.
- Latin/Botanical Name: Cinnamomum camphora.
- Other Names: Camphor, Chinese sassafras; Japanese camphor; white camphor.
- Family: Lauraceae (Laurel).
- Part of Plant Used: Leaves and wood.
- Place of Origin: North America.
- Odor/Fragrance: Strong.
- Color: Clear.
- Aroma Strength: Strong.
- Consistency: Thin.
- Note: Top.
Blending Suggestions: Not applicable (as their is no reason to blend).
Safety Precautions for this Essential Oil: Because this oil contains the notorious carcinogenic, safrole, it is never to be used for aromatherapy Just a small quantity can be lethal, so never use this oil outside of strict medical supervision.
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