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Sarsaparilla Root: Benefits and Uses

Sarsaparilla Root: Benefits and Uses

Cosmetic and skincare companies have developed numerous chemical compounds to add to their products. These chemicals may be added in an effort to benefit the skin, but more often than not they’ve been added to preserve the product and extend the shelf life. 

Not all chemicals are bad, of course. However, we at RMS Beauty believe there’s just simply a better way. We seek out living ingredients. Instead of turning to chemicals, we formulate our products using raw, food grade, organic, wildcrafted, natural ingredients that are as close to their natural state as possible. 

Our living ingredients set us apart in the clean beauty industry. Our search for the best, most effective natural ingredients takes us to every part of the world to discover what local cultures use from their immediate, readily available resources. 

One plant-based ingredient we discovered in Mexico and parts of the Caribbean is a prickly vine called sarsaparilla root.

What is Sarsaparilla Root?

Sarsaparilla root is native to Mexico, parts of the caribbean, and some areas of South America. Local cultures have used it medicinally for thousands of years, and it has now been introduced all over the world as a popular supplement.

Sarsaparilla root is used as a holistic, natural therapy for skin conditions, headaches, joint discomfort, and even the common cold. It was also, at one time, used in the creation of sodas. A specific class of phytochemicals contained in sarsaparilla root, called saponins, helped give carbonated beverages their flavor and foam, leading the sarsaparilla root’s nickname, the “root beer plant.”

Sarsaparilla is also frequently used in clean beauty products and skincare items to soothe irritated skin and provide moisture. Here’s what you can expect from a product that contains sarsaparilla. 

Benefits and Uses

Besides sodas and headaches, sarsaparilla has a wealth of plant botanical benefits for your skin when applied topically. 


The sarsaparilla root herb is amazing in terms of helping soothe skin conditions that result in dryness and irritation. The same phytochemicals (saponins) that made beverages foamy is responsible for dramatically improving irritated, damaged skin. 

The calming, soothing effect that sarsaparilla root offers the skin is one of the herb’s most potent benefits. 


Ancient cultures have used sarsaparilla root for medicinal purposes for centuries, but scientists, too, have studied the root’s cleansing properties

If your skin is particularly plagued by irritation, rashes, blemishes, and/or dry, itchy patches, using a product containing sarsaparilla root can not only help calm and soothe the irritated areas, but also work to keep healthy bacteria levels balanced.


One of the key reasons to seek out natural ingredients in your skincare is the ability that natural ingredients have to work synergistically with one another. One ingredient compliments another and helps it to be more effective, and in turn that ingredient brings about the highest level of performance from the other ingredient. 

Sarsaparilla is often included in herbal teas, supplements, and product formulations as a synergist, as it is thought to enhance the bioavailability of other ingredients. As such, you can rely on sarsaparilla to help you attain maximum benefit from the other ingredients in your product. 


Your skin is constantly fighting off free radicals. Free radicals are unbalanced molecules that latch onto skin cells and cause damage. UV rays from the sun, pollution, and smoke are all sources of free radicals. 

Your skin cells need antioxidants to fight off free radicals and stay healthy. Sarsaparilla is an antioxidant that can help your skin fight off free radicals, especially from the sun. By using sarsaparilla products, you give your skin a fighting chance against external stressors. 


Many plant extracts contain natural oils and fats, and sarsaparilla is no exception. The plant-based lipids contained in sarsaparilla root make this ingredient excellent when used as a moisturizer. 

Sarsaparilla root moisturizes deeply, penetrating the skin for quick absorption and helping keep skin hydrated and conditioned. Over time, your skin’s natural moisture balance is restored, leaving you with skin that feels more comfortable. 

How RMS Beauty Uses Sarsaparilla Root

Rose Marie hand picked sarsaparilla root to include in our products. As such, we offer several products infused with the perfect amount of sarsaparilla root so you can get the hydration, repairative, and restorative benefits right at home. 

We include sarsaparilla root in our RMS Adaptogenic Herbal Blend, which is formulated with nine different herbs designed to balance, soothe, soften, and hydrate the skin. These herbs oxygenate the skin to promote circulation and soothe sensitive skin. We source and formulate our herbal blend in-house to ensure purity and quality. 

You can enjoy the benefits of the RMS Adaptogenic Herbal Blend (and, of course, sarsaparilla root) in these RMS Beauty products: 

Kakadu Evening Beauty Elixir 

Our signature beauty elixir isn’t an oil or a cream, and it’s too amazing to be labeled a serum. 

Formulated to help brighten and restore your skin tone, this exotic blend of oils penetrates the skin to hydrate deeply and effectively. Created to be applied in the evenings, before you hit the pillow, our beauty elixir is the very definition of beauty sleep.

While you sleep, hydrating, soothing botanicals like kakadu super fruit and sarsaparilla root work with your skin’s natural repair cycle to repair, restore, and moisturize. The result? You wake up to brighter, smoother, glowing skin. It even works to help soothe and nourish skin affected by symptoms of eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. 

Our beauty elixir also contains CoQ10, which is a skin energizing compound that also helps protect the skin and improve overall complexion. CoQ10, sarsaparilla, and kakadu plum, all add to the antioxidant profile of our elixir, making it an incredible source of skin-protection and restoration.  

Beauty Oil  

Lightweight and quick to absorb, our beauty oil works as a weightless moisturizer, skin conditioner, and even as a primer for your cosmetics. This organic oil contains our signature blend of adaptogenic herbs, supercharged with exotic oils sourced responsibly to create the perfect oil for deeply hydrating your skin. 

If you’re looking for waterless, multi-functional beauty oil, you’ve found it. Users of our beauty oil enjoy 12-hour hydration, antioxidant protection, and a radiance unmatched by other beauty fluids.

Luxurious, antioxidant rich jojoba oil, vitamin-loaded rosehip oil,  and wildcrafted buriti oil blend together to deliver restoration and vitality to the skin while moisturizing and improving overall texture and tone. 

Continuous use leaves skin feeling softer, smoother, and produces a more even skin tone. 

Beauty Body Oil 

What Beauty Oil does for your face, Beauty Body Oil does for your body. The same hydrating, liquid luxury, you’ve come to love in RMS Beauty Oil is formulated for your body, too. 

Say goodbye to rough patches of skin on the knees, elbows, and even the heels of your feet. Our Beauty Body oil rejuvenates and restores to reveal more youthful, hydrated skin. 

This oil is highly concentrated with our adaptogenic herbal blend and rich, exotic plant-based oils that absorb into your skin to immediately begin oxygenating and restoring damaged, irritated skin.   

As powerful as our Beauty Body Oil is, you can count on it to be gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive of skin types -- it can also help provide soothing, hydrating relief for symptoms of eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. 

 "Un” Cover-Up Cream Foundation  

Herbal blends and natural compounds in a color cosmetic? You better believe it. At RMS Beauty, our passion for natural, living ingredients extends past our skincare and goes directly into the color cosmetic products we offer. 

Our signature cream foundation is available in 16 luminous shades that help bring out the natural tone of your skin. The goal of our foundation is to enhance with buildable coverage that creates a flawless, lightweight finish. 

In addition to sarsaparilla root, you can also find organic jojoba oil, organic coconut oil, and wildcrafted buriti oil to moisturize and hydrate your skin in addition to smoothing out skin tone and providing the canvas for the remainder of your cosmetics. 

Our products are always the cleanest on the market, cruelty-free, and responsibly and sustainably sourced. Our ingredients are fresh, and safe for your skin and the environment.

The Takeaway

If you’re looking for a skin soothing ingredient that hydrates and protects from free radicals, sarsaparilla root infused products are the answer. Sarsaparilla root is all-natural, plant-based, and full of phytochemicals that can help smooth, soothe, and nourish irritated skin. 

Sarsaparilla is most effective when used with other natural herbs and oils, as with the RMS Adaptogenic Herb Blend. This powerful blend of herbs is strong enough to deliver results yet gentle for even the most sensitive skin types. If you’re experiencing irritated, dry, or dehydrated skin, sarsaparilla root could be the ingredient you’ve been missing in your beauty routine. 

This information for RMS was fact checked by an expert in the beauty industry: Rose-Marie Swift


Sarsaparilla Benefits | Herbwisdom

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Antioxidant Effects of the Sarsaparilla | NIH

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