Also known as Sanguinaria Canadensis. When the root is broken, and acrid red juice bleeds from the divided sections. The juice from the root was mixed with moose/bear fat and used by the American Indians as body paint and as a dye. Rub the red die on the palm of your hand, then scheme to shake hands with the woman you desired to marry. Small doses stimulate the digestive organs and heart. Large doses can act as a sedative and narcotic. Bloodroot is a toxic herb. Ingestion of too much can cause death. The root contains several alkaloids, most notably sanguinaline, which has shown antiseptic, anesthetic and anticancer activity. The delicate flowers close at night or on a shady day. Age and moisture impair medical properties.
Inner bark: No food uses.
External: An ointment of bloodroot alone or in combination with other herbs in directly applied to venereal sores, eczema, ringworm, scabies, sores and warts.
Internally: Respiratory tract infections, sinus congestion, stimulate the digestion, laryngitis, sore throat and ulcers. Stomach cramps are treated with the combination of bloodroot and roots of blue cohosh. The juice can be used as an insect repellant.