Everyone these days seems to know about taking immune system stimulants like Echinacea and elder at the first sign of a cold or flu.
But what do you do later, when it drags on and you want to get well fast?
That's when you take Red root. A lymphatic stimulant, it clears the system of toxins so cells function better and heal faster.It also helps the body form T-cells to fight infection. Strongly hemostatic to control bleeding. Leaves are a tasty non-caffeinated substitute for black tea. Shrub native to the West, very drought-resistant and tolerant of clay and poor soil. Fragrant flowers.
BOTANICAL NAME Ceanothus integerrimus
Scarify seeds by scratching lightly with sandpaper, and plant 1" deep in a 1 gallon pot in partial shade. Keep moist but not soggy. Best germination comes with fire treatment: Plant the seeds in a flat or fireproof pot nd wet them down very well. Build a small fire with straw or very small sticks on top; allow the fire to burn out. Seeds should sprout in a couple of weeks. Transplant to a well-drained sunny spot after a year in the pot.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Zones 8-10/Height 4-5'/Spacing 2'