Sarsaparilla | Smilax ornata

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Sarsaparilla

£3.50 50g       

Sarsaparilla (Smilax ornata)

Dried sarsaparilla herb (Smilax ornata)

Dried sarsaparilla herb (Smilax ornata)

Daily adult dose unless otherwise prescribed: 1-2g per 200ml (a mug) of water, cover and boil gently for 5 - 10 minutes (make a decoction) strain and drink up to 3 times a day.

May cause gastric upset in sensitive individuals, in this case please stop taking sarsaparilla and seek advice on an alternative. 


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Smilax ornata

Common name: Sarsaparilla

Family: Liliaceae

Part used: Root and rhizome

Habitat: Sarsaparilla is a tropical evergreen vine with twining and trailing stems, native to tropical regions of America. 

Constituents: Steroidal saponins (up to 3%), phytosterols including beta-sitosterol and stigmasterol, flavonoids including astilbin and derivatives. 

Actions: Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, alterative, antipuritic (anti-itch), anti-rheumatic, diuretic

Traditional and current uses:

Sarsaparilla is mainly used for musculoskeletal and skin complaints

  • Rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic pain, gout, arthritis
  • Chronic skin conditions particularly when itchy, eczema, psoriasis

Disclaimer: The information on this website is provided for educational use only, and is not intended as a replacement for the services of a qualified medical herbalist, doctor or licensed health practitioner. The information contained herein is not diagnostic, always consult a medical health professional before embarking on a treatment programme. Urban Fringe Dispensary disclaims any liability, loss, injury or damage incurred as a consequence of the use and application of the advice given herein.


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