Common Names: Blood Root, Bloodwort, Coon Root, Indian Plant, Indian Red Paint, Pauson, Red Indian Paint, Red Puccoon, Red Root, Sanguinaria, Sanguinaria Canadensis, Sanguinaire, Snakebite, Sweet Slumber, Tetterwort.
Scientific Name: Sanguinaria Canadensis L., Papaveraceae, Poppy Family
Common Uses: Coughs, Spasms, Emptying the bowels, Causing vomiting, Wound cleaning, Reduce tooth pain, croup, hoarseness (laryngitis), sore throat (pharyngitis), poor circulation in the surface blood vessels, nasal polyps, achy joints and muscles (rheumatism), warts, and fever. Some people apply bloodroot directly to the skin around wounds to remove dead tissue and promote healing.
*Warnings: Bloodroot might be safe for most people, when used short-term. Side effects include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and grogginess. Skin contact with the fresh plant can cause a rash. Don’t let bloodroot get into your eyes because it can cause irritation. Long-term use or high doses of bloodroot could be UNSAFE. At high doses it can cause low blood pressure, shock, coma, and an eye disease called glaucoma. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don’t take bloodroot if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It could be UNSAFE. Bloodroot might affect glaucoma treatment. If you have glaucoma, don’t use bloodroot unless a healthcare professional recommends it and monitors your eye health.
Origin: Found in shaded, rich soils in the northeastern states of the U.S.