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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.


Latin Name: Ceanothus americanus

Alternate Names: Deerbrush, Lilac Bush, Tobacco Brush, Buckbrush, Snowbrush


Parts Used: Root, root bark, leaves.

Properties: Antispasmodic, Astringent, Expectorant, Hypotensive, Sedative.

Internal Uses: Adenoid Enlargement, Asthma, Bronchitis, Cough, Cysts, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Dysmenorrhea, Epstein-barr Virus, Fatigue, Fever, Headache, Hemorrhoids, Hepatitis, Hodgkin's Disease, Lymphatic Congestion, Mononucleosis, Nosebleeds, Sore Throat, Spleen Enlargement, Testicular Hydrocele, Tick Fever, Tonsillitis, Tumors

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
Red Root seems to aid blood coagulation. It is excellent to move catabolic waste buildup and break up tumors and engorgements in the body. It helps ovarian and breast cysts.

Topical Uses: Mouth Infection

Topical Applications: Mouthwash and gargle for infections. Flowers can be used to wash the body, as they produce a lather when mixed with water.

Energetics: Bitter, Cool.

Chemical Constituents: Emmolic acid, malic acid, oxalic acid, pyrophosphoric acid, betulinic acid, resin, tannin, methyl salicylate, coagulant.

Contraindications: Mild enough to be used for extended periods of time.

Comments: It is called New Jersey Tea because it was used as a substitute for black tea during the Revolutionary War. The taste is similar to tea, but Red Root contains no caffeine. Native Americans used it as a poultice to treat skin cancers and venereal lesions. The genus name Ceanothus is derived from a Greek type of spiny shrub.
The common name Red Root includes the species Ceanothus thyrsiflorus, Ceanothus spinosa, Ceanothus velutinus, Ceanothus integerrimus, Ceanothus cuneatus and other Ceanothus species, which are used interchangeably with Ceanothus americanus.


Anonymous said...

So can you tell us when is the best time to harvest the red root. Or how many leaves, root or flower would you use in a tea? Is there a recipe?

Anonymous said...

Generally, the best time to harvest roots of any type for medicine is while the plant is dormant for the Winter. This can range from when the first leaves wither in Fall to when the first buds appear in early Spring.

A standard infusion (tea) uses about one ounce of fresh plant matter, or 2-5 grams dry, finely chopped, steeped in a covered or closed vessel for at least 10 minutes (really 20 for hard roots, especially if they're dry), up to overnight. Susun Weed recommends infusing in a closed Mason jar for at least 8 hours.

Best wishes toward good health.

Anonymous said...

Would this red root help with sinus polyps and bakers cysts whilst taken orally?

Anonymous said...


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Anonymous said...

Do you know if red root is safe for dogs?

Anonymous said...

any information regarding growing requirements...?

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