Sassafras "root beer" herb Sassafras grows at the edges of forests, in thickets, and along residential streets in the eastern half of the U.S. It's in season all year. If you tear or crush the leaves, they smell like root beer. You can make tea with the leaves by pouring boiling water over a handful, letting them sit covered, away from the heat, 20 minutes, then straining out the leaves. The root is has a stronger favor, and can be used as a blood purifier. You can also chew on sassafras twigs to freshen your breath.
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