The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce

Botanical Name: Sassafras albidum

Common Names and Synonyms: Ague Tree, Cinnamon Wood

Background: The sassafras tree grows from ten to forty feet tall.  Small pale yellow-green flowers bloom in the spring,  followed by leaves having one to  three lobes.  Clusters of dark blue,  pea-sized berries appear. The orange-brown root bark of the tree contains a fragrant oil which is used in soaps and perfumes.  Traditionally, the oil is used on the skin to get rid of  scabies, lice, and other infections.  Once consumed  in  flavoring for candy, root beer, chewing gum, and tooth paste, the oil,  containing safrole has been deemed a potential carcinogen by the FDA.  Native to eastern North American, sassafras was used by Indians and settlers as a treatment for syphilis.  Today, sassafras is combined with other herbs to purify the blood and stimulate the liver. Applied externally, it contains antiseptic properties making it useful in the treatment of skin wounds, sores and rashes.

Sassafras in the Cayce Readings
  • Edgar Cayce recommended sassafras oil for both internal and external applications. Taken internally in combination with other herbs, it was said to be a blood purifier and digestive aid.  Applied externally with other ingredients, it was frequently used as a massage oil intended to penetrate the skin, strengthen muscles and sinew, stimulate the circulation of blood and lymph, and assist with nervous system coordination.
  • Sassafras was typically recommended with other substances in a compound.  Although a wide diversity of  formulas were given, the most common substances mentioned in the same readings with sassafras were as follows:
      Tolu 98 readings
      Witch Hazel 85 readings
      Wild Cherry 81 readings
      Sarsaparilla 76 readings
      Calisaya  72 readings
      Capsicum 53 readings
      Stillingia  52 readings
      Camphor  48 readings
      Yellow Dock 47 readings
      Potassium Iodide 32 readings
Cayce Quotes on Sassafras

... the Oil of Sassafras gives not only a palatable effect to the bitterness (for it will be bitter!) but acts ALSO as a pepsin to the gastric juices of the stomach itself, working WITH the rest of those as are combined - see?

... Sassafras as the CLARIFIER of the blood stream and the tendency of the allaying of nerve pressure.

... the oil of sassafras, acting as the stimuli to the nerve reactions as they are stimulated through the manipulation.

... the myrrh and those of the sassafras oil, these add to the STRENGTH of the muscular tissue, of the sinew along the system, as to carry - the one stimulating the muscular forces, the other carrying to the cartilaginous forces, and to every nerve fibre itself, that of strength and activity.

Then the rubs and the massage, - keep these, as these have  been very well, with the same solutions; though in the next quantity we would add, or we would prepare another pint of the solution and add to same ten minims of Oil of Sassafras, and use this only about once a week.  This will be more of a burning solution, or an irritant, but is necessary to stimulate the superficial circulation to come to the surface sufficient to draw in more of the other oils.

To a tablespoonful of heated olive oil add a tablespoonful of tincture of myrrh.  Then add three minims or drops of oil of sassafras.  This will make for the tendency of stimulating not only the superficial circulation but aid in causing the oil and myrrh to strike in to the centers over the cerebrospinal segments.  Especial reference would be given to the lumbar and sacral area, both with the vibrator treatment and with the hand massage with the compound.

(Q)  Please give remedy for callous places on feet?
(A)  When there are the applications that have been outlined for the lower limbs, from the lumbar to the feet, these will naturally be improved.
    For specific conditions, use this:
    To a tablespoonful of Olive oil add a teaspoonful of Tincture of Myrrh and three drops of Oil of Sassafras.
    Use this to massage into the bottom of the feet or over callous places in feet, massaging also the ankle, the heel, and through the instep - WELL; only using sufficient that will be absorbed in the system each time.  This may be done each day, or - should it produce tenderness, then only use every other or every third day.
    Occasionally, once a week or such matter, dampen baking soda with spirits of camphor and apply to callous places direct.  This will tend to produce soreness the first application or so.  Then they'll sluff off!  Be well that this, of course, be bound - or a cloth tied over same to keep it on when applied.  Apply it, of course, only at night.

    Pour a little of this in a saucer, dip the fingers into it and massage over those portions that have been massaged with the saturated solution of Epsom Salts.  This will leave a pleasant, tingling sensation, and - for the first time or two - leave a little burning (as from the Oil of Sassafras), but will restore more and more the normal equilibrium and coordination throughout the whole system, overcoming the tendencies for the active forces in the lymph and the circulation that make for the disturbances.

    After the fourth to fifth treatment, leave out the Sassafras Oil, for we will have created then an irritation to the exterior portion of the body, along the cerebro-spinal region, especially in the lower portion of body.  This will disappear with the leaving off of the Sassafras Oil, but this we desire to create in the system to be assimilated by the system through the action of the cuticle, or the skin itself, and we will find with the keeping up of these conditions that within six to eight weeks the conditions will disappear.


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