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Red Root


This plant is native in Canada to Manitoba, south to Nebraska, Texas and South Carolina. It is sometimes called New Jersey Tea because it was used as a substitute for Tea during the American Revolutionary war. It is an especially good landscape plant because of its hardiness and exceptional flowering habits that have also earned it the name Wild Snowball. It can withstand inhospitable conditions due to the presence of massive, woody, deep red colored roots that can reach diameters of up to 8 inches.


The root is very bitter and astringent and has been used as a mouthwash, gargle for sore throats, and other areas of lymphatic stagnation. It is considered a Lymphatic Alterative and can be used in all forms of sluggish lymph function.

Uses of Red Root


This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

Active Constituents

Alpha Carotene, Cheldonic Acid, Bitter Principles

Parts Used

  • Root

Important precautions

Not for use during pregnancy. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult your doctor prior to use.

Additional Resources

Herb Reference Guide