Ceanothus americanus

Red Root

Ceanothus americanus

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.

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Traditional Health Benefits of Red Root

Immune Support, Liver & Cleanse Support, Women

What is Red Root Used for?

The root is very bitter and astringent and has been used as a mouthwash. It is considered a Lymphatic Alterative and can be used in all forms of sluggish lymph function.

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Active Constituents of Red Root

Alpha Carotene, Cheldonic Acid, Bitter Principles

Parts Used


Additional Resources

1.) Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998. 2.) Dirr, Michael A.; Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses. Stipes Publishing, Champaign, Illinois, 1990.

Important Precautions

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


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.

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