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Red Root (Ceanothus Americanus)


Red Root is a plant that is mostly found in North America. A part from its botanical name, other people also refer to it as Jersey Tea, Wild snowball, Mountain-sweet, New Jersey Tea among other names. The Red Root plant is a small deciduous shrub that has got a round and slender stem that appears to be reddish in color. The shrub grows to a height of about 0.5 to 3 meters. The other feature that you can use in identifying the Red Root plant is its roots which are red on the inside. However, on the outside of the roots, they appear brownish or reddish. The leaves of the plant are dull green in color with fine hair below them. It also produces flowers that are small and white in color. The flowers of the Red Root plant grow in clusters with long stalks. Red Root is mostly found growing in habitats like Prairies, thickets, dry open woods and even glades.


Medicinal Uses

The Red Root is among the various herbal remedies that have been in use for the longest period of time. In fact, there are several medicinal uses of the Red root that you should know. Below are some of them:

  1. Treatment of coughs.
  2. Prevention of diarrhea.
  3. Red root can be used to provide relief to digestive problems
  4. Alleviation of respiratory illness.
  5. Because of the anti-bacterial properties of Red root is can be used in fighting bacterial infections.
  6. The plant can also be used in the reduction of dental plaque.
  7. Treatment of an enlarged spleen
  8. Red Root can also be used for fever.


In case you may be experiencing any of the above health conditions that can be solved using Red Root, it is advisable that you refrain from using the plant without consulting a health practitioner. This is because, there are various ways through which the herb can be used based on the condition of the patient. Take note that the herb cannot be used in the same way for each and every health condition.


Dosage and Administration

Before using Reed Root for the treatment of any health condition that you may be faced with, it is advisable that you get to know the recommended dosage. By knowing the correct dose, you are able to avoid taking too much of the herb or an under dose, both of which may have unpleasant effects on you. Most people use Red Root in the form of a decoction or a liquid extract.


For most health conditions, it is recommended that the plant is administered to the patient orally. However, to be sure of the amount of decoction that you should take for your condition, it is advisable that you visit a doctor. After examination, the health practitioner will be able to give you directions on the right dosage that you should take in order to find relief.


The Homeopathic dosage that is recommended should be about five drops of the decoction after every hour or between one to three times daily. The decoction can also be taken with water in the dosage of 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls per cup of water. For other forms like tables, you can find information on the dosage at the back of the package.


Parts Used

The parts of Red Root that are used include the roots and the root bark. However, in certain cases even the leaves of the plant can be used. These should be boiled ion case there is need for making a decoction.



Just as witnessed in the medicinal uses of Red root, there are also several benefits that can be derived from using the herb. Some of the benefits of using Red Root include:

  1. Red root is effective in fighting respiratory infections
  2. Helps in reducing dental plaque
  3. Helps in the treatment of bacterial infections.
  4. Red root can also offer relief for digestive problems.


Side Effects

Based on the numerous studies that have been carried out on the Red Root plant, there are no significant side effects that can be experienced from using it. However, using too much of it can lead to consequences. In case you are experiencing any unpleasant symptoms after using Red root, it is advisable that you stop using it immediately and consult a doctor.

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