Herb of the Day: Red Root

Herb of the Day: Red Root.  NR Glow, ViraMune, Mastitix

A favorite plant of Native Americans, red root has been used for medicinal purposes for quite some time.  Not only did Native Americans use the plant for medicinal use, they also burned the thick, woody roots when firewood was scarce.  During the civil war, soldiers and early Americans used the leaves of this plant as a substitute for tea.  With a flavor similar to wintergreen, the leaves have a very mild medicinal benefit as well.  Traditionally herbalists use the root for the most medicinal benefit.  It is prepared in teas, tinctures, extracts, and capsules.

Traditional Uses

  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Tonsils
  • Sore Throat
  • Blood Purifier
  • Fever
  • Soothing Mucous Membranes
  • Expectorant
  • Mastits
  • Bronchitis
  • Whooping Cough
  • Spleen Support
  • Astringent

The Plant

Ceanothus americanus is native to North America.  Favoring the Eastern side of the content, it favors dry plains, prairies, and meadows with no trees.  The Lake of the Ozarks is a common location for this plant where it is a favorite food for local deer and other mammals.  As a shrub, it grows up to 4 feet tall with many thin branches.  Red root flowers in its second year and grows quickly.  Propagate by seed, plant in fairly dry soil and leave it alone and red root will grow quite well on its own.  It does not like much pruning so make sure to allow it some space if you choose to grow it in your home garden.  The roots are harvested after the first frost from mature plants.

TriLight Health and Red Root

We use Red Root in Mastitix, NR Glow and Viramune

TriLight's ViraMune

Viramune is great for reducing cold and flu symptoms. If we take it early enough it will stop the virus in its tracks. This is a product that I always try to have on hand when we approach cold and flu season. I highly recommend it.

~ Jessica W

TriLight's NR Glow

I use this whenever my son starts to get a little dry skin. Within a couple days it is gone. I also use this when he has been exposed to sickness. Whenever I have used it, he has not become sick. I am not sure why, but when he is on it, he also seems to be more balanced mentally and emotionally. And of course, he loves the taste!

~Lenay R

TriLight's Mastitix

This is a must have in every nursing mother’s cupboard. (I have even given this as a baby shower gift) I have nursed all 6 of our children and there is nothing more effective. I have tried the antibiotic routine and that has many down sides including upset tummy for baby. Whenever I feel an infection coming on Mastitix is the first thing I grab.

 ~ Tia W.
Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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