Sarsaparilla, Jamaican Root

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  • Smilax ornata
  • Origin: Jamaica
Sarsaparilla, Jamaican Root


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Common Name

Standardized: sarsaparilla
Other: brown sarsaparilla, Honduran sarsaparilla, Jamaican sarsaparilla

Botanical Name

Smilax ornata Lem. Plant Family: Smilacaceae


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. The name itself is from the Spanish sarza, meaning brambles, and parilla, meaning vine.


This perennial climbing vine features erect, semiwoody stems with sharp thorns up to 1/2 inch long. The leaves are large, heartshaped, and almost evergreen with prominent veins.

Uses And Preparations

Powdered in tablets and capsules, decoction, made into cold beverages.


Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.