Smilax officinalis, commonly known as Sarsasparilla root, Honduran sarsaparilla, and Jamaican sarsaparilla, is part of the Liliaceae family.
It is a perennial trailing vine native to Mexico and Central America. The prickly vine can grow up to 50 metres long and the berries are black-purple, purple-blue and red.
Smilax officinalis is used as the basis for a soft drink frequently called sarsaparilla. It is also a primary ingredient in old fashioned-style root beer
Medicinal Action and Uses
Anti-fungal – Sarsaparilla root contains saponins, which likely work by disabling bacterial components called endotoxins.
Anti-Inflammatory – Used in the treatment for gout and rheumatoid arthritis.
Diuretic – Sarsaparilla is used for increasing urination in order to reduce fluid retention.
Topical – Due to its anti-inflammatory attributes, Sarsasparilla is commonly used to treat psoriasis and itchy, scaly skin conditions.
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