Soda was originally made from a blend of birch oil and sassafras, the dried root bark of the sassafras tree. Sarsaparilla made its debut as a patent medicine, an easy-to-take form of sassafras, such as Coca-Cola.
Sarsaparillas were used in folk medicine in their homelands before entering international trade in the 1530s. They came initially from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. Until it went out of favor in the late nineteenth century sarsaparilla was in widespread use as a tonic.
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