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Red Root
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Ceanothus americanus

red root

plant overview
hand-harvested, shade-dried

Red root refers to the ruddy-colored roots of an evergreen North American shrub in the buckthorn family. The herb is harvested in late autumn when the plant transfers the majority of its tannins, alkaloids and resin compounds to the roots for winter storage. Red root is typically decocted or tinctured for internal use, or used to make strong infusions for use in skin and mouth washes.

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Red root
Ceanothus americanus

red root

plant overview
hand-harvested, shade-dried

Red root refers to the ruddy-colored roots of an evergreen North American shrub in the buckthorn family. The herb is harvested in late autumn when the plant transfers the majority of its tannins, alkaloids and resin compounds to the roots for winter storage. Red root is typically decocted or tinctured for internal use, or used to make strong infusions for use in skin and mouth washes.

01.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on red root

description
Ceanothus americanus is a shrub of the Rhamnaceae family.

The plant reaches heights of 18-42 inches and has many thin branches.

In the wild plant's large root system has presumably developed to compensate for repeated exposures to wildfires. Its deep-reaching roots are stout and woody. Close to the surface the system is thick with fibrous root hairs.

It produces white flowers in clumpy inflorescences atop lengthy, axillary peduncles. The red root plant's fruits are dry, dehiscent, seed capsules.

common names & nomenclature
This plant's leaves was one of the many substitutions American patriots used for imported tea during the American Revolution. Hence the use of one its common names, "New Jersey Tea".

Also known as:
red root, mountain lilac, redshank, desert buckthorn, new jersey tea

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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