(Herbs Knowledge) New Jersey Tea

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New Jersey Tea Scientific Names and Common Names,New Jersey Tea Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,New Jersey Tea Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Herbs Knowledge) New Jersey Tea


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Ceanothus americanus L. Rhamnaceae Buckthorn family

Common Names

Jersey tea
New Jersey tea tree
Red root
Walpole tea
Wild snowball
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Parts Usually Used

Bark of the root
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

New Jersey tea is a small, low, bushy, deciduous shrub 1-2 feet tall; the large root is red inside and is covered with brownish or reddish bark. The round, slender, reddish stems bear alternate, ovate or oblong-ovate, finely serrate leaves which are dull green on top, 2 inches long with 3 prominent parallel veins, and finely hairy beneath. Small, white, showy flowers grow in dense, long-stalked, cylindrical, clusters from the axils which form large panicles at the ends of the branches from June to August.

The three-celled drupaceous fruit when dry separate into three stone-like seeds.
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Where Found

Common in dry, gravely banks, open woods at low elevations, in well-drained coarse soils all across the United States. Maine to Florida; Oklahoma to Minnesota.
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Medicinal Properties

Astringent, expectorant, sedative
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Biochemical Information

Ceanothic (emmolic), succinic, oxalic, malonic, malic, orthophosphic, and pyrophosphoric acids; 8% tannin in the root
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Legends, Myths and Stories

The nearest American plant equivalent in flavor to oriental tea. Contains no harmful stimulants, thus is an excellent tea substitute. Used during the American Revolution for this purpose.

New Jersey tea got its name from the fact that the leaves of it were used as a tea by the soldiers in the American Revolution and early settlers in the United States.
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The leaf tea is a popular beverage. Native Americans used root tea for colds, fevers, snakebites, stomachaches, lung ailments, laxative, blood tonics.

The root bark tea has been recommended for various chest problems, including chronic bronchitis, nervous asthma, whooping cough, despondency and melancholy, lymphatic congestion, and consumption. Used as a gargle for inflammation of the throat, fever, and irritations of the mouth, particularly tonsillitis.

Alkaloid in the root mildly Hypotensive; lowers blood pressure.

Native Americans used a tea made from the whole plant for skin problems, skin cancer, and venereal sores. Good for dysentery, piles, is effective in syphilis and gonorrhea. Combined with fringe tree and goldenseal, it is good for sick headache, acute indigestion, and nausea due to poor activity of the liver.
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Formulas or Dosages

Use dried bark from the roots. Dried leaves are used to make tea.

Infusion: steep 1 tsp. root-bark in 1 cup water. Take 1 to 2 cups a day.

Decoction: take 1/2 tsp. powdered herb in 1 cup cold water, take 1 hour before each meal and before going to bed.

If capsules are used, take one No. 00 capsule before meals and at bedtime.

Tincture: take 10 to 20 drops in water, 3-4 times a day.
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