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Standardized: red root
Other: Jersey tea, New Jersey tea
Ceanothus americanus L.
Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Red root is a shrub also known as wild snowball for its clusters of white flowers borne in early summer. Its root is bitter and its root tea has a "bite." Red root was used as a substitute for tea during the American Revolutionary War.
Teas, tinctures and in capsule form. Also used as a natural dye.