The Sarsaparilla plant is a member of the ginseng family and grows wild in rich soil and can be found in the forests across Canada, coast to coast. It's also one of the distinct flavours that make that traditional Root Beer taste.
It was the Indigenous people of North America that first discovered using its root to help heal and treat various ailments: from joint issues like arthritis to sensitive skin issues like psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. This powerful plant was later accepted in Western Medicine and the root extract was used to treat syphilis due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Drinking tea made from Sarsaparilla root can help soothe upset stomachs and sore throats. Sarsaparilla Root tea is also said to help support a healthy liver. Sarsaparilla and Root Beer are quite similar in scent but Root Beer soft drinks are often made with ingredients like vanilla, cherry tree bark, wintergreen, molasses, anise, liquorice root, cinnamon and honey. You can make a healthier Root Beer option by using Sarsaparilla root – check our homemade Root Beer recipe!
Here at Rocky, our signature Root Beer scent is created by using Sarsaparilla root extract, mixed with a little Wintergreen Leaf oil and Sweet Fennel oil. A scent we made for kids, but perfect for anyone who is ‘young at heart’!