The root beer we find on the grocery store shelves today is a far cry from its healthful ancestor. Homemade “root beer” is a purifying tonic whose roots are firmly planted in Native American medicine.
Old-fashioned root beer, the modern-day version that is, often conjures up images of drive-in movies, ice cream floats and lazy summer afternoons.
Originally a tonic created using various roots; this modern day sugar laden beverage actually has its origins in Native American medicine.
The “roots” used to make the authentic Native American “roots” beer contain properties that assist the body in the elimination of toxins.
The burdock root, sarsaparilla and sassafras work to purify the blood. Wintergreen, containing salicylates, adds a refreshing taste while at the same time providing a natural painkiller – a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory compound similar to aspirin.
The cinnamon and ginger have warming characteristics and work to stimulate circulation.
The vanilla bean and sarsaparilla have a reputation for being aphrodisiacs. Maybe they are the ingredients that make root beer so popular.