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The indigenous American tribes were the first to drink red root tea. As an herbal tea, it is astringent and slightly bitter, but not too unpleasant to the taste. Besides this, it has important benefits which help you stay healthy. Find out more about red root tea!
Red root tea is made from the plant Lachnanthes, also known as red root. It is native to North America, especially the eastern parts, where the soils are wet, acidic and sandy.

Red root is a deciduous shrub with long, slender stems and clusters of pale yellow to white flowers. The leaves are ovate, irregularly toothed and around 5-10cm long. Just like its name implies, it has a red root.

For a cup of red root tea, add a teaspoon of dried red root bark or powder to a cup of freshly boiled water and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain the liquid if you use dried red root bark. Sweeten it with milk or honey if it's too bitter for your taste.

Red root contains important active constituents, including a high concentration of alkaloids and tannins. They are all transferred to red root tea, which gives this tea many health benefits.

Red root tea can help you if you've got respiratory problems, such as coughing fits, asthma or bronchitis. It can be used as mouthwash or for gargling, in order to treat a sore throat, oral ulcers, and tonsillitis. It is also useful if you've got dental plaque.

You can drink red root tea if you've got the flu, or a fever. It helps with symptoms of urinary tract infections, and lowers blood pressure. It is also used to treat gonorrhea, gleet, dysentery, and diarrhea.
Consumption of red root tea can also help if you've got problems with the spleen or liver, or if you've got internal bleeding or prostate enlargement

Pregnant women should not drink red root tea, as it might lead to child defects. This applies to women who are breast feeding, as well; even in this case, it can harm the baby.If you're taking iron supplements, you shouldn't drink red root tea. Drinking the tea will inhibit the absorption of iron, which might render the treatment useless. Also, don't drink more than 3-4 cups of red root tea a day. If you drink too much, you might get some of these symptoms: headache, dizziness, insomnia, irregular heartbeats, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite.

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