Red Root - Ceanothus Americanus

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This Red root or New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Red root - Ceanothus americanus in the Rhamnaceae or Buckthorn family

Part used: Root.

Taste/smell: Astringent.

Tendencies: Drying.

Dosage: Decoction: 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:4 dry strength liquid extract: 20-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specifics: It is indicated for stagnation of fluids, turbid lymph, mucus, swollen glands and poor nutrition to the tissues. Consider red root when the person is melancholic and the tongue is enlarged, swollen, with a dirty white or yellow coating.

Use: (a) Astringent, (b) Lymphagogue, (c) Expectorant.

Red root is used in lymphatic, splenic and liver congestion, enlarged lymph nodes, sinusitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, chronic post-nasal drip and mononucleosis. It also can increase platelet counts and is specific for reducing cysts. This herb is best suited for subacute and chronic conditions.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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