Blood Root

blood Root

Common Name

Standardized: bloodroot
Other: red puccoon, red-root

Botanical Name

Sanguinaria canadensis L.
Plant Family: Papaveraceae


Limited supply and at risk (use consciously)

Bloodroot is a low-growing woodland herb that grows in the north central United States and the prairie provinces in Canada. The red juice pressed from the fresh root is poisonous when taken internally.

Parts Used


Typical Preparations

Powder or paste from ground dried root. Can also be administered in extract form.

 ---Medicinal Action and Uses---

Astringent, antispasmodic, anti-syphilitic expectorant and sedative, used in asthma, chronic bronchitis, whooping-cough, consumption, and dysentery; also as a mouth-wash and gargle, and as an injection in gonorrhoea, gleet and leucorrhoea.

Of the decoction, 1/2 OZ. Fluid extract, 1 to 30 drops.

Health Benefits of Blood Root

  •   May Help in Cancer Prevention
  •   Immune System
  •   Respiratory Health
  •   Heart Health
  •   Topical Applications
  •   Migraine Pain
  •   Arthritis Relief


Specific: A potential skin irritant. Not to be applied to broken skin. Not to be used during pregnancy. Large doses of bloodroot may cause irritation of the gastrointestinal tract, nausea, and vomiting.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.


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