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Red Root (Ceanothus americanus) root cut and sifted, aka Jersey Root, New Jersey Tea, Wild Snowball.
Red Root (Ceanothus americanus) root cut and sifted, aka Jersey Root, Jersey Tea, New Jersey Tea, Wild Snowball - Bulk.
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Make a decoction using 1 heaping teaspoon per cup of boiling water. Simmer 15 minutes on low. Strain. Dose: 1 cup of decoction, 2 times per day.
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.
The genus name Ceanothus derives from the Greek "keanthos", "spiny plant." The species name americanus refers to the plant being native to North America. The common name Red Root refers to the red dye that the root yields.
Red Root is a small deciduous shrub native to eastern and central North America. It grows in dry woodland areas in well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. Its reddish root is covered with a reddish or brownish bark and can reach up to 4 feet in length. The leaves are ovate or obovate, finely serrated, and dull green on top, with fine hairs on the bottom. The hermaphroditic flowers are small and white and occur in long, stalked clusters at the ends of the branches.
The root yields a reddish dye, while the flowers yield a blue or green dye. All parts of the plant contain high levels of saponins; the flowers contain enough to be used to make soap. Red Root also fixes nitrogen and can be planted as a green manure.
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