#42- RED ROOT,  Ceanothus americanus

 Ceanothus americanus is a perennial bush that grows about 3’ tall. It gets white flowers that bloom May-June in Western NC.  It grows from Texas on eastward. There are may different Ceanothus species throughout North America and many have medicinal uses. Ceanothus americanus is a well known lymphatic mover. It has been used to treat chronic or acute infections where the swelling of the spleen and swollen lymph nodes are present. Red root has become a staple in the treatment of Bartnolla and helps the body clean up from the damage done from Babesia. It is not recommended for long term use, but you can switch it out with gentle lymph movers and return to its use again after a break. 

red root

Other suggestions to keep the lymphs moving:

Eat your spring greens; dandelion, cleavers, chickweed, etc.
Dry brush 
Sauna therapies
Wear loose clothing
Deep breathing
Exercise ~I know this is hard for many people with Lyme but even gentle movement can help move the Lymphs and swimming is great exercise and gentle on the body

The Lymphatic System:


Chart credited to:

The chart above does not include the brain, and guess what, it’s all connected… and science is slowly catching up:  Brain cleaning system uses lymphatic vessels


Michael Moore made a great map of different Ceanothus species

Fragrant Red Root, Ceanothus by Doreen Shababy 

11 benefits of using Red Root

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