Sarsaparilla (The Eternal Root)
Sarsaparilla is one of the most healing herbs around and has been in use for healing, for thousands of years. It is known as Ananata, Sugandha, Sugandhipala, Sarasapala and Anantamul and by many other names in India. The root of this plant penetrates deep into the ground and one has to dig hard to get to these roots. If you can recognise these roots you can get some and keep in your house and use them as and when required. Sugandhi as the name suggests it has a fine fragrance.
It has cooling agent that comes handy in summer to give relief from the heat and to keep the body cool. It works well for the excess of heat and sooths nerves it is known as ‘eternal root’ in India. For its sweet taste and flavour, it has been used in carbonated drinks. The sarsaparilla extract is used in juices and ice creams. In the American ‘Old West’, sarsaparilla was the most popular drink of the cow boys. The root contains lot of anti-oxidants, coumarin, plant sterols and glycosides. It also contains powerful plant healing substances such as saponins, resveratrol, steroids, kaempferol, ferulic acid and many more powerful plant healing compounds. Now one can find sarsaparilla in capsules, powders, syrups, and order it online or ask for it at your local health food store.
- The root is helpful to get rid of inflammation, helps with dry flaking skin, psoriasis, rashes and skin irritation. It can even control old and prolonged skin diseases such as eczema. For treating eczema, boil the raw roots in cow ghee and dry them. These roots can be powdered and preserved. One small tea spoonful of this powder taken with water gives relief from eczema and any kind of skin infection. While using this root for treatment one should take only the products of cow such as milk, ghee, buttermilk etc. and (pigeon pea) arhar dal. Salt should be totally avoided.
- The extract of this root taken two spoons twice daily gives relief from diarrhea.
- It contains hormones that stimulate hair growth so it might help you with hair loss.
- Add one spoon of this powder to a glass of water and boil till it is reduced to half glass. Filter the water and add a spoon of fine jeera powder. If you take this solution one hour before taking meals in the morning and evening, it helps to purify the blood removes any kind of patches, blemishes, and spots on the skin and gives shine to the skin.
- The roots of anantamul should be fried in butter, dried and then powdered. A pinch of this powder along with honey gives relief from mouth ulcers especially to children.
- Sarsaparilla is a good diuretic that gets rid of excess water build up in the body by increasing urine output at least by four times.
- It soothes the GI (Gastro intestinal) tract helping with gas, distension of the abdomen, spasms, plus it is a good astringent agent for healing inflamed mucus membranes and helps with diarrhea.
- Sarsaparilla works well as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent healing infections.
- It can also be used to treat bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory conditions.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna