Bloodroot is a plant which is cultivated for its medicinal properties and has been used for the centuries. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and diuretic. This plant is used to treat cancer, infections and coughing. The dark red sap is found in the roots of Bloodroot which resembles blood. It is a stemless plant.
||Native to Eastern North America
||Bloodroot, Indian paint, Red root, Sweet slumber, Snakebite, Coonroot, Pauson, Puccoon, Tetterwort, Bloodwort, Red puccoon, Coot root, Indian plant, Saguinaria
|Name in Other Languages
|Plant Growth Habit
||Light to medium, well-drained
||Height: 20-50 cm (7.9-19.7 inch)
||Thick, round; Length: 1-4 inch (2.5-10 cm)
||Smooth, round, pale green, tinged with red, Height: 8 inches
||Basal, kidney shaped, Width: 2.5-8 inches (6-20 cm)
||Late March-Early April
||8 to 12, white petals, showy, hermaphroditic; Across: 2 inches
|Pod shape & size
||Oblong, elongate capsule, Length: 1-2 inches (3-5 cm)
||Round, black to orange red, Length: 1/16th-1/8th inches (2-3 mm)
- Prevents cancer
- Respiratory system
- Healthy heart
- Applied topically
- Treat migraine
- Relief arthritis
- Bloodroot is used to empty the bowels, cause vomiting and lower the tooth pain.
- It is used to treat hoarseness, croup, sore throat, nasal polyps, poor circulation, warts, rheumatism and fever.
- Bloodroot is applied to the skin around the wounds to eradicate dead tissue and enhance healing.
- During the mid 1800s, the extracts of bloodroot were applied to treat breast tumors.
- In dentistry, bloodroot is used on the teeth to reduce the build-up of plaque. Plaque is a film of saliva, mucus, bacteria, and food particles that can promote gum disease.
- Bloodroot was used by Native Americans to treat health ailments such as fevers, bronchitis and warts.
- The rhizome was used by American Indians to treat rheumatism, bronchitis, asthma, laryngyitis and lung ailments.
- Bloodroot was used by Native Americans as a love charm, dye and medicine.
- Bloodroot helps to cure warts, eczema, benign skin tumors and skin afflictions.
- The internal use of this herb helps to cure ailments such as asthma, laryngitis, emphysema, pharyngitis, bronchitis, sore throats and croup.
- Bloodroot is used in a homeopathic remedy to treat migraines.
- The sap or infusion made from root helps to treat benign skin tumors, eczema, warts, chilblains, tumors or ringworm.
- The dried powder is used to cure nasal polyps.
- It is used to encourage bleeding in women, abortion and treat cramps.
- It is used as an ingredient in toothpastes and eliminates oral bacteria.
- The topical application of bloodroot is used to treat skin problems such as fungus, athlete’s foot, chronic eczema, venereal blisters, ringworm and rashes.
- The salve which is made from root helps to eliminate warts and cancerous tumors.
- Bloodroot is used as an ingredient in homeopathic remedies, cough formulas, pharmaceutical preparations and mouthwash.
- The root is mixed with various compounds to cure heart problems, and migraines.
- The extracts of fluid are used to treat ringworm.
- The root is used as an anesthetic, emetic, cathartic, emmenagogue, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, febrifuge, tonic and stimulant.
- The extract is used to treat gingivitis, plaque, cavities and tartar.
- Blood root helps to eliminate the abnormal skin growths.
- The tinctures are used to treat skin blemishes and moles.
- The tea of Bloodroot assists in the peripheral blood circulation.
- It acts as a powerful insect repellent.
- Bloodroot helps to enhance coughing and clears mucus from the respiratory tract.
- It is used as an emetic which helps to treat piles.
- The side effects experienced with the bloodroot includes nausea, drowsiness, vomiting and grogginess.
- The skin contact with the plant can cause rash.
- It can cause irritation when it get into the eyes
- The excessive use of Bloodroot can lead to low blood pressure, coma, shock and an eye disease which is called glaucoma.
- Bloodroot is not sage when it is used as a mouthwash and toothpaste because it may raise the chances of white patches inside the mouth.
- The breast feeding and pregnant women should avoid Bloodroot.
- Bloodroot can irritate the intestinal or stomach problems such as Crohn’s disease, infections, or inflammation.
- The internal use of Bloodroot is not recommended.
- The overdose of Bloodroot extract can cause nausea, dizziness, intense thirst, slow heart rate, stomach burning, loss of consciousness and vomiting.
- The topical use of Bloodroot may burn the skin or makes the skin red.
- The red sap possesses a toxic alkaloid, sanguinarine which is able to poison nerves if used internally.
- The mixture of Bloodroot and zinc chloride is savage and unpredictable.
- The long use of Bloodroot may lead to glaucoma, oral cancer, edema, miscarriage, heart disease, collapse, fainting, diarrhea and vision change.
- It is not safe to use Bloodroot internally by the children.
- The whole bloodroot plant is poisonous.
- One should consult the licensed healthcare professional to use Bloodroot.
- The Bloodroot products such as tinctures, paste, salves and oils should be used after consulting with doctor.
- It should not be applied to eyelids, genitals, etc.
- Don’t let bloodroot get into your eyes because it can cause irritation.
- The red orange juice from the roots is used as a dye for clothing war paint, basket and used to repel insects.
- Bloodroot was used by Native Americans for spiritual, medicinal, and practical purposes.
- Bloodroot belongs to the member of Poppy family.
- It is considered as one of the first wildflowers which blooms in the spring, and one of the largest early flowers which is about 1.5-2 inches.
- Flower blooms for one or two days.
- The flowers of Bloodroot do not have nectar.
- The seeds contain elaiosome that attracts ants.