Plant Family: Papaveraceae,Bloodroot is a small plant native to eastern North America. A highly prized herb, used in medicinal teas, medicinal tinctures and natural dye. Possibly a promising herb in the fight against cancer, although lack of clinical trials and studies has slowed its progress in the pharmaceutical arena.
The use of this plant by Native Americans goes back hundreds of years. It is found growing best in high nutrient, moist, well-drained soils in partial to full shade. The Bloodroot flower is an indicator that spring is here! It is one of the first wild flowers to emerge in the spring with a single, showy, white flower about 2" round. The flower is short lived and usually appears for only a day or two.
Native Americans used Bloodroot as a dye for clothing, baskets, and war paint. The tradition of using the root as a dye is still practiced by many naturalists, nature lovers, and the curious. The Root is CAUSTIC AND POISONOUS if ingested, but has been used for its antiseptic and emetic properties. The root is processed and is used in a number of retail and health products.
Any use of this herb should be accompanied by a thorough study of the plant using multiple sources.
The information we share on this website is based on research from books, the internet, research papers, and personal experience with native plants. The information contained in this website should not be considered medical advice. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. For diagnosis or treatment consult your physician.
As with any food, allergic reactions can also occur with herbs. If you are pregnant or breast feeding do not use this herb. Speak with a medical professional if you have any concerns or adverse reactions.