You cannot miss this tree when you see its large leaves., Sassafras also known as Sassafras albidum is a deciduous tree form North America. There are many uses for this plant . It is used as a tea, traditional root beer and seasoning spice in many Native American or Creole cuisine.
Unfortunately Sassafras is no longer considered safe for human consumption, especially when safrole oil is included. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently prohibits sassafras bark, oil, and safrole as flavorings or food additives. The FDA banned sassafras use in 1979 following research that showed it caused cancer in rats
Different parts of the sassafras plant (including the leaves and stems, the bark, and the roots) have been used to treat kidney problems, menstrual disorders, toothaches, rheumatism and even sexually transmitted diseases. It also has anti fungal properties.