Sassafras albidum is a very useful tree. The roots are frequently dug up, dried, and boiled to make sassafras tea. The twigs and leaves are both edible, and can be eaten raw or added to soups for flavor. The berries are eaten by many animals, including black bears, wild turkeys and songbirds.
Sassafras does contain a toxic ingredient, found primarily in the bark, called safrole. It has the potential to harm people and pets if consumed in large enough amounts.