The benefits of sarsaparilla, remedies and contraindications
The sarsaparilla It is a medicinal plant that belongs to the family of "Liliaceae", Liliaceae, and its scientific name is Smilax aspera. It is also known by other names such as dog grapes or blackberry.
It is an effective plant to treat problems of peeling skin, psoriasis and for cases of rheumatoid arthritis. The properties of this medicinal plant are as follows, antirheumatic, diuretic, diaphoretic (sudorific), tonic, altering (restores the functional normality of an organ, device or system), antibacterial and antifungal.
In addition to these properties it is also used for its aperitive, depurative and digestive properties.
The sarsaparilla Due to its depurative and diuretic properties it is also used to purify and release the body of toxins, it is a good depurative of the blood.
On the other hand, it is used both for internal and external use. For external use it is used to treat various skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, dermatitis, superficial wounds.
The active principles of sarsaparilla are: saponins, glycosides, essential oil and resin. The parts of the plant that are used are the root and rhizomes.
Discover how to prepare natural remedies with sarsaparilla
Remedy of sarsaparilla to eliminate liquids
To prepare this remedy we need to marinate the root of sarsaparilla.
We will marinate in half a liter of water, 2 tablespoons of dried root of sarsaparilla for 12 hours.
We fill the preparation and we can take a glass twice a day, only for 15 days.
Decoction of sarsaparilla appropriate to reduce cholesterol
To prepare the sarsaparilla decoction we need two teaspoons of dried root of sarsaparilla and a cup of mineral water.
We put the water and the sarsaparilla in a heater to the fire,
We bring to a boil, and keep boiling for 15 minutes with low heat.
We mix the preparation and let it warm.
We can take this remedy three times a day, only for 15 days.
Decoction of sarsaparilla to purify the organism
To prepare this decoction we need a teaspoon of dried root of sarsaparilla and a cup of mineral water.
Put in a heater fire, water and sarsaparilla and boiled.
We keep boiling for 10 minutes.
We remove from the fire and we strain it.
When it is warm we can take it.
It is advisable to take two glasses a day before meals.
Remedy of sarsaparilla for external use
This natural remedy is ideal for cases of psoriasis, eczema or to heal superficial wounds.
We will prepare this remedy with a decoction, and we need a tablespoon of dry root of sarsaparilla and a cup of mineral water.
To make this decoction we will put in a heater the water and the sarsaparilla on the fire.
When it starts to boil we lower the heat and keep boiling for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat, strain and let cool.
Once cold we can apply it on the affected areas of the skin.
Remedy of sarsaparilla to improve acne
This remedy is effective to rid the body of excess toxins and thus improve acne problems.
This remedy is for both internal and external use.
To prepare this remedy we need 2 tablespoons of dried root of sarsaparilla and half a liter of cold mineral water.
We put the sarsaparilla in the water to macerate for 12 hours.
After a while, we strain the preparation and we can drink 2 glasses a day before meals.
As we have said before, this remedy is also effective for external use.
We fill the preparation and moisten a sterile gauze or cotton disc and apply it on the affected areas with acne.
Let dry in the air.
Side effects of sarsaparilla
The sarsaparilla consumed in the doses recommended or prescribed by the professionals usually does not present complications, however exceeding the quantities as well as the time of treatment can lead to the following side effects:
- Irritation in the gastric membrane due to the high content of saponins.
- It can cause nausea or vomiting.
- It can cause alteration or imbalance in blood pressure.
That is why we must ask and follow the instructions recommended when purchasing sarsaparilla in herbalists, parapharmacies and natural products stores and not exceed the recommended doses, at recommended doses there are usually no side effects.
Contraindications of sarsaparilla
The consumption of sarsaparilla is contraindicated in the following cases:
- In case of intolerance or allergy to sarsaparilla.
- In case of pregnancy.
- In the period of lactation.
- In children under 12 years old.
- In case of suffering from gastritis, ulcer, or irritable colon.