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Ceanothus americanus (Red Root)

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Botanical Name:

Ceanothus americanus

Common Name(s):

Red Root
New Jersey Tea

Part Used: Root Bark
Percentage of Alcohol Used: 50%
Herb to Menstruum Ratio: 1:4
Production Method: Whole-herb Percolation Extraction


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  • Distilled Water

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*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your health care provider for further information & dosing recommendations.

*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Please consult your health care provider for further information & dosing recommendations.

Additional Information About Ceanothus americanus (Red Root)

Ceanothus americanus, also known as New Jersey Tea or Red Root, is a flowering shrub native to North America. This herbaceous plant has a long history of traditional use by Native American tribes for various medicinal purposes. Today, it is valued in herbal medicine for its potential health benefits.

Botanical Description
Ceanothus americanus is characterized by its clusters of small, white flowers and dark green leaves. It is a hardy shrub that thrives in a variety of environments, making it a versatile plant for herbal use. The roots and aerial parts of Ceanothus americanus are typically used in herbal preparations.

Traditional Uses
In traditional herbal medicine, Ceanothus americanus has been used for its astringent properties and as a tonic for the respiratory system. It is often used to support respiratory health and promote overall wellness. Additionally, it has been used topically for skin conditions.

Stephen Buhner's Research
Stephen Buhner, a renowned herbalist and author, has extensively researched the medicinal properties of Ceanothus americanus. His research has focused on its potential as an herbal remedy for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Buhner suggests that Ceanothus americanus may help support the immune system and reduce inflammation associated with Lyme disease.

Common Names
Ceanothus americanus is known by several common names, including New Jersey Tea and Red Root. These names reflect its regional prevalence and historical use by Native American tribes and early settlers.

Harvesting and Preparation
The roots and aerial parts of Ceanothus americanus are typically harvested and dried for use in herbal preparations. It can be prepared as a tea, tincture, or extract, each offering a unique way to utilize the potential health benefits of this versatile plant.

Ceanothus americanus - Red Root


1. Ceanothus Americanus: Red Root, New Jersey Tea. Phares DL. Atlanta Med Surg J. 1868 Jul-Aug;9A(3):129-131. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35824507/
Antimicrobial compounds from Ceanothus americanus against oral pathogens. Li XC, Cai L, Wu CD. Phytochemistry. 1997 Sep;46(1):97-102. doi: 10.1016/s0031-9422(97)00222-7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9276981/

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    The customer service at this company is exceptional. Alex is always willing to help and provides excellent guidance on which herbs are right for me. I couldn’t be happier with my experience.

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    Amazing quality, perfect amount of alcohol, great concentration and purity of herb. Your extract helps me to heal a complicated scar after mole removal. It really works. Thank you.

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Unlike many other companies that employ a uniform alcohol percentage across all products, our approach is nuanced. We tailor the alcohol concentration for each herb based on the distinct medicinal properties of the plant.

This strategy reflects our commitment to a sophisticated extraction of medicinal compounds, effectively setting Apex Botanicals apart in the realm of herbal tinctures.

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Herbal tinctures are generally taken on an empty stomach (1 hour before and after meals). They can be taken directly or added to 1oz of water if the taste is hard to swallow.

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Most people with chronic tick-borne infections take an herbal tincture for between 3 months and 2 years.

As a general rule, its recommended to take an herbal tincture for at least 1 month to see the best results.

Are herbal tinctures safe for children?

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Will my herbal tincture interact with medications or supplements?

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What does a 1:4 ratio imply and how does it compare to 1:2 or 1:5+?

The ratio describes the concentration of a tincture. We use a 1:4 ratio, meaning 1 part dried herb (in grams) to 4 parts menstruum (the combined alcohol and herb).

A ratio of 1:5 has more liquid to the same amount of herb and is therefore more diluted.

A ratio of 1:10 or higher is very diluted and requires very high daily doses and is not recommended.

Tinctures made at 1:2 are often too concentrated for Lyme patients and commonly induce Herx reactions that can be very intense.

Most tinctures on the market are made at 1:5. We’ve chosen to use 1:4 to ensure greater potency while still being very safe and tolerable.

Does higher alcohol content mean an herbal tincture is more or less potent?

Using the correct alcohol percentage to extract the specific medicinal constituents of that herb is of highest importance when making a tincture. Using more or less alcohol essentially reflects the chemical nature of the compounds that we want to extract into the liquid portion.

A tincture made at 40% versus one made at 80% is not twice at strong. It simply implies that for the first herb, 40% alcohol will optimally extract the medicinal qualities. For the second herb, 80% is the concentration for optimal extraction.

We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that our tinctures are made using the correct concentrations.

*Please note that not all herbal tinctures on the market are made with the appropriate alcohol concentration so use our site as a reference or conduct your own research to make sure you’re purchasing the best formulated tincture possible.

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