Sassafras bark is a distinctive flavor once known as a major ingredient in root beer. Although no longer used commercially in beverages, Sassafras albidum continues to be employed by herbalists for its beneficial properties and was traditionally used by indigenous people of eastern North America. Sometimes spelled sassafrass, the aromatic bark can be used in infusions or prepared for topical applications.
When the tree is young, its leaves are shaped like "mittens," sometimes with two "thumbs." As the tree matures, sometimes reaching a height of 100 feet (30 meters) and a trunk diameter of up to 6 feet (200 cm), the leaves grow more rounded, free of indentation. Sassafras belongs to the Lauraceae family.
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