Information on Red Root

Latin NameCeanothus americanus
Other NamesNew Jersey tea
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsBlood, Immune system, Liver, Lymphatic system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA deciduous shrub about three feet high with finely-toothed eliptical leaves and short sprays of small white flowers.
DescriptionRed root is an excellent lymphatic cleanser indicated for liver congestion, infected tonsils, enlarged spleen, swollen lymph glands, chronic skin problems, such as acne and boils, and fibroid cysts.

Red Root has a taste of ASTRINGENT, BITTER and a temperature of COOLING.


Decoction1/2 cup tea 2-3 x daily
Tincture10 drops to 1.5 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Red Root

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Glandular hardeninglymphatic cleansertincture, capsule
Glandular swellingslymphatic cleansertincture, capsule
Lymph glands, swollen--acutelymphatic cleansertincture
Spleen, enlargedblood and lymph movertincture, capsule, tea
Acnelymphatic cleansertincture, tea


McGuffin, M. et al. 1997. Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
Madaus, G. 1976. Lehrbuch der Biologischen Heilmittel. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag.