The healthy uses of the Red Root herb have been known on the North American continent, particularly amongst the early indigenous American tribes. This is due mainly to the astringent, sedative, antispasmodic and expectorant properties possessed by the herb.
Red root is a long branching root that is native to North America . It is a deciduous shrub that typically grows up to five feet in height. It has slender stems and possesses profuse clusters of white flowers that bloom during the summer. The leaves of the red root plant are ovate in shape, are irregularly toothed, and are typically 2 to 3 inches long. The bark of the red root is thin, and its wood is tough and has a light brownish-red hue.
Red root has an astringent, somewhat bitter taste with no odor. Red root tea was used as a substitute for real tea during the American Revolution as the taste of this infusion was almost a replica of that of black tea.
Due to their abundance in many parts of the United States , the Cherokee tribe traditionally used red root to treat skin disorders such as skin cancer and skin sores.
Red root has a strong concentration of alkaloids and tannins in its root bark. Red root tea is made by placing a teaspoon of the dried red root bark or powder in a cup of newly-boiling water. Let the mix stand for about 10 to 15 minutes. This can be taken 3 times in a day.
Pregnant and nursing women should avoid the use of red root tea. This herb should be not taken at the same time as iron supplements as these may inhibit the absorption of iron.
The following are the believed health benefits of red root tea:
- May help relieve problems associated with respiratory ailments such as cough, asthma and bronchitis.
- Can provide relief to sore throat and tonsillitis when gargled and used as a mouthwash.
- Seems to aid in the treatment of dysentery and diarrhea.
- May help in combating flu and fever.
- Appears to alleviate some symptoms of urinary tract infection.
- Looks to assist in the treatment of gonorrhea and gleet.
- Seen to help reduce dental plaque.
- Said to have beneficial effects against enlarged spleen.
- Considered help lower blood pressure.