Historically bloodroot has been used as an emetic and as a respiratory aid by many indigenous peoples, as well as a topical application formulated for use on melanomas, or, skin cancer. It has been used in toothpastes and mouthwashes, as well as in plant extracts and tinctures.
It is native to eastern North America and is the only species of the genus Sanguinaria in the Papaveraceae family. While this dainty little flower stands only about six inches from the forest floor, its tuberous deep red roots are juicy and thick, filled with the powerful constituents it needs to thrive.
Bloodroot has been used as a dye plant in textiles and basketry, as it's roots produce a beautiful color ranging from red to vibrant orange.
Bloodroot is ENDANGERED and should not be harvested from its natural habitat. It can be cultivated in the right conditions and can purchased in commerce.
Bloodroot calls us to look beneath the surface. It shows us that true beauty relies on a foundation of substance, and the strength of our intrinsic characteristics.