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There are many different types of healing trees, roots and herbs that are naturally occurring. You will find many varieties but one of the easiest to find is sassafras. Its distinct mitten shaped leaves and “root beer” aroma makes it nearly impossible to misidentify.
For a long time sassafras was considered one of the most effective healing roots for all sorts of ailments. Like many natural remedies you will find that sassafras can affect all sorts of things from inflammation to blood purification.
We are talking about its benefits for upset stomach and gastrointestinal problems. These are common in survival situations particularly if you are dealing with water borne pathogens.
The Roots Hold the Power
While the leaves and bark are very aromatic , the power of this tree comes from its root system. That is what you will want to harvest and use in making your sassafras tea. The roots of young trees are what you are after. Sassafras is a pretty common tree but be careful not to over harvest as everything you take has a consequence.
Making Sassafras tea is a very simple endeavor and it will require that you get two sassafras tree roots. The younger trees are best. Add to that 2 gallons of water and boil this mix covered for a couple hours. Cool and serve.
Sassafras contains a substance called safrole which has been studied in rats since the late 1960s. Its not a free ride. This stuff is carcinogenic and prolonged use or ingesting too much in one sitting can have devastating affects, even fatal.
Safrole is a blood thinner and it affects things like bone marrow depletion, testicular atrophy and even paralysis. It doesn’t take a lot to make this happen. So Sassafras is not a daily drink or a long term solution. It comes with very real risks and you have to understand them.
However it can be a help in a survival situation where you are having debilitating gastrointestinal issues.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.