Ceanothus Americanus Homeopathic Medicine Uses

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Ceanothus Americanus homeopathic medicine uses has been known by North American natives from time immemorial. The plant is also called New Jersey tea or red root. Perfectly integrated into their environment, the natives had already discovered the plant’s virtues which the modern pharmaceutical industry has now confirmed. Its leaves were used as a substitute for tea during the United States War for Independence.

Ceanothus Americanus Homeopathic Medicine Uses

Ceanothus Americanus Scientific Facts

  1. Scientific Name: Ceanothus Americanus L.
  2. Other Names: Jersey tea, mountain-sweet, red root, Walpole tea, wild snowball.
  3. Spanish: Té de Nueva Jersey, ceanoto.
  4. Environment: Common in fields and forests in North America and grown as an ornamental plant in Europe.
  5. Description: Shrub of the Rhamnaceae family, growing from one to 1.5 m high. Oval, sharp-tipped, finely toothed leaves and small, white or bluish flowers that extend from the axillary buds of the leaves.
  6. Parts of the plant used medicinally: The bark of the root.

Ceanothus Americanus Homeopathic Medicine Uses

woman gargling decoction of red root bark
one of the many ceanothus americanus homeopathic medicine uses is as a rinse and gargle with a decoction of root bark and is very effective for mouth sores and pharyngitis.

The bark of the root contains an alkaloid (ceanotine), tannin, resin, and traces of an essential oil. It is successfully used in the following cases:

  1. Mouth and throat afflictions: Pharyngitis, sore throat, oral aphthae (sores), and other irrigations, locally applied in gargles and mouth wash-offs.
  2. Bronchial and lung afflictions: Bronchial catarrhs, cough, asthmatic bronchitis.

How to use Ceanothus Americanus

  1. Decoction with a spoonful of ground bark root per cup of water. Drink two or three cups daily.
  2. Rinses and gargles. With the same decoction employed for internal use, though slightly more concentrated.


George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. Vols. 1 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 191. Print. [Ceanothus Americanus Homeopathic Medicine Uses]

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