Jersey Tea Root / Red Root

Ceanothus americanus

Jersey tea root (botanical name Ceanothus americanus), which forms the basis for the homeopathic remedy ceanothus, is a shrub that is indigenous to North America. This shrub species is also commonly known as New Jersey tea, wild snowball, mountain sweet (spelt as mountain-sweet or mountainsweet too) and different varieties of red root (including redroot and red-root).

The name Jersey tea was actually coined during the time of the American Revolution as the leaves of this shrub were used as a substitute for the tea, which was imported.

The Ceanothus americanus shrub usually grows up to a height of anything between 18 inches and 42 inches. The shrub grows slender branches, while its root system is chunky having fibrous root hairs on the surface. However, the root system of Ceanothus americanus is solid, strong and woody that penetrates deep underneath the ground.

In fact, the root system of this shrub can occasionally grow very large when growing in the nature. This aspect actually helps the roots to avoid or make up from the damages caused by their constant exposure to wildfires. This shrub bears flowers that grow in clusters on long, supplementary peduncles (flower stalks). The fruits of Ceanothus americanus are dehydrated, dehiscent (fruits that open up spontaneously to release seeds) seed capsules.

While the medicinal use of the shrub in homeopathy was initially discovered way back in the 19th century, it was only after 1900, following extensive researches, that the plant was identified as a therapy for pain as well as swelling of the spleen.

The herb Ceanothus americanus possesses several therapeutic properties, including expectorant, astringent and anti-spasmodic. In homeopathy, the homeopathic remedy ceanothus, derived from the shrub Ceanothus americanus, is used to treat health conditions, such as asthma, bronchitis and colds. In addition, use of this homeopathic medicine may also facilitate in lowering blood pressure.

Parts used

Fresh leaves from the flowering plant.


The homeopathic remedy ceanothus is primarily used for treating pain, enlargement/ swelling, inflammation or a feeling of fullness in the left side of the abdomen. The cutting pain experienced by the patient worsens when he/ she is lying on the left side. Individuals who require this homeopathic remedy are those who feel unpleasantly cold and require sitting close to a source of heat to keep them warm.

Basically, ceanothus is a remedy for health conditions related to the liver and spleen as well as treating chronic bronchitis. In homeopathy, ceanothus is considered to be a therapy for health problems occurring on the left side of the body.

This homeopathic medicine is used to treat chronic bronchitis accompanied by copious secretion. In addition, ceanothus is the most appropriate homeopathic remedy for people suffering from complaints of the liver and the spleen. This homeopathic medicine is also effective in treating spleen disorder due to malaria.

In such cases, the patient experiences soreness, inflammation as well as swelling of the spleen with fullness on the left side of the abdomen. Such patients also endure nippiness as well as tremors mainly along the spine and they also suffer from breathing trouble (dyspnoea) as well as palpitation when they exert themselves. All these symptoms worsen or the patients are discomforted when they are in motion or lie on their left side.

Besides curing these conditions and related symptoms, the homeopathic remedy ceanothus is extremely beneficial in treating jaundice accompanied by pain and fullness in the region around the liver. As aforementioned, this homeopathic medicine is also effective in alleviating liver and back pain caused by the condition.

In addition, ceanothus is also recommended by practitioners of homeopathic medicine to treat other health conditions, such as diarrhea, amenorrhoea (absence of menstrual periods), dyspepsia (indigestion) and leucorrhoea (white or yellowish discharge from the vagina).

As discussed earlier, this homeopathic remedy is especially useful for healing any type of spleen problem and it appears as if, in homeopathy, ceanothus was prepared for curing the health conditions related to this particular organ.

This homeopathic medicine is indicated for treating deep-seated pain in the region where the spleen is located. In addition, ceanothus is also useful in healing deep stitches in the region of the spleen as well as enlargement of the organ, conditions that worsen when the patient is exposed to humid weather.

It is also effective in healing chronic spleen pains - either on the entire left side that is accompanied by breathing problems or shortness of breath. Usually, any stitch in the region of the spleen requires any of these homeopathic remedies - sulfur, chelidonium, conium, berberis or ceanothus. On the other hand, homeopaths recommend the use of cimicifuga for treating neuralgic pains in the region of the spleen that are accompanied by problems of the uterine.

Chemical analysis of the shrub Ceanothus americanus has shown that it possesses expectorant, astringent and sedative properties. In fact, the homeopathic remedy ceanothus prepared from this plant is an excellent therapy for any sort of spleen disorder, as it acts directly on the spleen to cure all complaints.

This medication is especially useful for treating enlargement of the spleen. In addition, the homeopathic remedy ceanothus is also useful in treating health conditions, such as asthma, whooping cough, chronic bronchitis, dysentery. In addition, ceanothus is also an excellent wash for sore mouth owing to fevers as well as canker in the mouth or throat.

Using this homeopathic remedy facilitates in lessening tender, swollen tonsils. For this, the sufferer needs to gargle with a potent herbal tea prepared from Ceanothus americanus at intervals of two hours. In homeopathy, ceanothus is generally recommended for people who suffer from the enlargement or swelling of the spleen.

Known as splenitis, patients suffering from this condition experience pain in the entire upper left side area. Individuals suffering from splenitis also endure subconscious pain in the left hypochondrium (the left side of the abdomen), copious as well as yellowish deteriorating leucorrhoea (a white or yellowish release of mucous material from the vagina). They also experience severe liver pain and back aches.

The homeopathic remedy ceanothus is very useful in treating diarrhea. Ceanothus is also extremely beneficial for individuals who suffer from the constant urge to urinate. The urine passed by such people is green, foamy and contains bile as well as some sugar.


Jersey tea root (botanical name Ceanothus americanus), which is used to prepare the homeopathic remedy ceanothus, is native to the United States as well as Canada.


From Brenda - May-05-2018
Ceanothin was used in my family since the 1900's as a boost to coagulation. When I was a child living in the country I cut my upper thigh badly (1955). The 4 inch gash bled badly. My grandmother pulled the gash together with strips of adhesive tape (now called butterfly strips) and gave me a thick liquid made of ceanothus every 20 minutes until the bleeding subsided.
My Mother gave it to me again after the birth of each of my 2 children to stop the hemorrhaging and blood clots the size of my palm. An ounce every 20 minutes. It slowed the bleeding and I was given 4 units of 'whole' blood (whole blood was avail. in the 1960's).
Now modern medicine has uncovered that our family has a factor Vlll condition called Von Willebrands disorder and we are given DDAVP infusions before any surgery. But, before that Grandma's remedy of tincture of ceanothus was the treatment of choice for bleeding.
From Rick Batross - Jan-27-2013
Here in north Texas, we have c. americanus and c. greggii ! Both have liver saving properties and I harvest it year round !
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