Blood root


Plant Family: Papaveraceae

Botanical Name: Sanguinaria canadensis

Also called: Bloodwort, Redroot, Red Puccoon, Pauson, Tetterwort


Medicinal Uses: It has been used as a home treatment of skin cancer. It is now used commercially in many dental hygiene products for its antibacterial and anti-plaque properties. It has also been shown to help gingivitis.

Folklore/History: This plant was historically used by the Native Americans as a source of healing and in Colonial America as a wart remover. The Indians would also use this a a ritual skin paint or war paint.

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