|Posted on December 20, 2014 at 9:30 PM|
is an herb that has effective antibiotic, antispasmodic, antiviral, and expectorant properties. Red root is great for helping to prevent or shorten the duration of colds, flu, and respiratory infections. It has the ability to help remove phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tract and sinus passages. Red root also works well for digestive ailments such as constipation, gas, bloating, indigestion, and abdominal pain. It also is highly beneficial for urinary tract infections, liver problems, mononucleosis, chicken pox, sinusitis, bronchitis, fever, nosebleeds, headaches, and asthma. Red root’s anti-spasmodic properties are incredible at helping to relieve muscle spasms, leg cramps, and painful menstruation cramps. It also is very effective at eliminating ovarian and breast cysts in from the body. Red root has mild sedative properties which can help alleviate depression and tendencies for insomnia. Red root is commonly used to treat epstein-barr virus, shingles, Hodgkin’s disease and hepatitis. It has also been used in the treatment of STDs such as syphilis and gonorrhea. Red root is particularly beneficial for oral health and has been shown to help prevent canker sores, tooth decay, dental plaque, and gum and tooth infections. As a gargle, it can help to prevent or stop strep throat, sore throat, or tonsillitis. Topically, red root can be applied as a salve, poultice, or cream to help naturally treat skin cancers, lesions, hemorrhoids, sores, and acne. Red root makes a delicious tea and was actually used as a substitute for black tea during the Revolutionary War due to its similar flavor profile. To make a tea, use 2 tsp of dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water and allow to steep for at least 15 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired.