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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.

(Ceanothus americanus)

HARVEST: Bark of the root.


Astringent, expectorant, sedative.
Recommended for chest ailments such as chronic bronchitis, nervous asthma, and tuberculosis.
Has been used as a gargle for inflammations and irritations of the mouth and throat and for swollen tonsils.
Tea may help to relieve depression during convalescence.
Native Americans made a tea from the whole plant for skin problems including skin cancer and venereal sores.
INFUSION: 1 tsp root bark steeped in 1 C. water; taken 1 to 2 cups per day.

Used as a tea. Noted for its lack of stimulants.

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