Jamaican Sarsaparilla Root (Smilax regelii) is a powerhouse of minerals and nutrients! It is said to have the highest concentration of iron in any plant and is widely used to address anemia, low energy, and other disorders that may arise from "weak blood". It is commonly known as "sarsi" in Jamaica, and its use dates back centuries in our history as a tonic for overall vitality and energy, especially sexual energy. Once a primary ingredient in root beer, sarsaparilla root is still enjoyed in beverages today. Sarsaparilla was often employed for its beneficial properties by indigenous peoples of the area. Our Jamaican sarsaparilla root can be infused, made into syrup, or employed as a tincture.
This particular species is a woody, perennial climbing vine native to South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. When the Spanish conquistadores arrived, they found that indigenous tribes used beverages made with sarsaparilla as a general health tonic.
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