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BLOOD ROOT, Sanguinaria Canadensis, Herbal Tincture, Herbal Extract

BLOOD ROOT, Sanguinaria Canadensis, Herbal Tincture, Herbal Extract

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Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a flower native to the woodlands of North America. The rhizome — a small part of the stem — and the roots contain a red fluid that gives the plant its name (1).

Other names for this plant include Canada puccoon, bloodwort, redroot, red puccoon, pauson, coon root, and tetterwort (1).

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Native Americans have long used bloodroot to treat various ailments, including sore throats, congestion, respiratory conditions, hemorrhoids, irregular menstruation, and wound infections. It has also been used to induce abortions

Bloodroot’s compounds and early uses

Bloodroot’s red liquid, which is concentrated in the rhizome, contains numerous alkaloids. These compounds are responsible for the plant’s medicinal properties (3Trusted Source).

Sanguinarine is the most extensively researched of bloodroot’s alkaloids (1).

The process by which bloodroot and its derivatives may work to combat disease is unclear. It has been applied in various applications over the centuries.

Preparations and applications

Historically, bloodroot was crushed, mixed with other ingredients, and applied as a paste. It could also be dried and consumed as a tea or inhaled as a powder. Now it can be found as an extract used in supplements or added to skin care products (2Trusted Source).

Interactions with Native Americans introduced Westerners to bloodroot. Research carried out by medical practitioners confirmed the medicinal capabilities of the rhizome. It was believed the plant’s seeds and leaves caused tremors, headaches, and torpor (2Trusted Source).

Early Western applications of bloodroot included (2Trusted Source):

  • a respiratory muscle relaxant for asthma, croup, and whooping cough
  • an antibacterial agent for diphtheria, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and nasal polyps
  • topical applications for eczema, ringworm, acne, skin ulcerations, baldness, and skin cancer
  • an anti-inflammatory solution for rheumatism
  • Native American use of bloodroot influenced many of the Western applications of this plant. It was suspected to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer effects.
  • ORGANIC INGREDIENTS: Sanguinaria Canadensis, alcohol
  • Product size: 2 oz dropper Bottle
  • SUGGESTED DOSAGE: 30 drops, once per day