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New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus, Ceanothus-Arten)

New Jersey Tea


astringent, antispasmodic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory

Areas of application:

Fever, sore throat, mucous membrane problems, cough, bronchitis, whooping cough, tonsillitis, stimulates the lymphatic system and immune system, slightly lowers blood pressure, relieves the pain of hemorrhoids, skin wounds, skin diseases, dermatitis, herpes, toothache

Plant parts used:

Root, leaves, bark

Collection time:

spring and autumn

To find:

In forest clearings, wild edges, on banks, lake shores and gentle slopes.


Tannins, saponins, tannins, peptide alkaloids


☕ Tea: 1 teaspoon of dried, ground root is boiled in a pot with 1 cup of cold water and left to simmer for 5 minutes. Then cool to drinking temperature and strain.

The New Jersey Tea grows between 0.5 and 1 m high. They are recognized by their white, lacy flowers and the wintergreen scent of their leaves. The slender branches are herbaceous in the upper part and woody at the base. The root system is strong and deep with fibrous root hairs near the surface. Deeper roots are thick and woody with small knots. The plant produces white lacy flowers in clusters on long stems. These small white flowers appear in oval clusters at the tip of the branches. The fruits formed are dry and split open on their own to release the seeds.

🛑 The New Jersey Tea should not be used if anticoagulant medication is being taken.

The flowers can be used as soap and are good for body cleansing. The root and flowers can also be used as a dye.

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