Mom used to make sasafrass tea when I was growing up. After I got married and raising my own family, I found this big sasafrass tree. Dug down by the base and found a thumb size root, cut it off and took a big whiff expecting that rootbeer aroma, but there was nothing. Put it closer and it hit my nose, but still no aroma. So I look around the tree, and Ohh- No, there was this gigantic poison ivy vine growing up the other side of the tree. My head swelled up like a balloon. Never went sasafrass hunting again.