8 Amazing Benefits Of Bloodroot

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

The most impressive health benefits of bloodroot include its ability to help protect against infections, boost heart health, improve the appearance of the skin, speed healing and recovery, increase circulation, and soothe the pain of a migraine.

What is Bloodroot?

With the scientific name Sanguinaria canadensis, this flowering plant can be found throughout the northeastern United States and some parts of Nova Scotia. The plant had been used by Native Americans for generations in its natural form and formed an important part of herbal medicine. You may not recognize the name bloodroot right away, but depending on where you are in the world, you may know this perennial herbaceous plant as redroot, bloodwort, or even tetterwort. [1]

These plants are usually found in damp forests and thickets but are now grown commercially to supply the high demand for bloodroot extracts. The extract can be acquired from every part of the plant, although the sap can be quite toxic in large quantities. You can also get a powdered form of this herbal supplement. Berberine is one of the most important active ingredients in bloodroot, as it has been the most widely studied and has been found to have a significant impact on the body. [2]

Flowering bloodroot plants on the ground

Bloodroot flowers were used for medicinal purposes by Eastern American tribes. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Health Benefits of Bloodroot

Health benefits of redroot include:

Immune System

One of the most common applications of bloodroot is in toothpaste because it has natural antibacterial properties that can quickly eliminate ailments like gingivitis and other gum infections. Furthermore, it can help reduce plaque on the teeth and promote general oral health. [3]

Respiratory Health

In terms of respiratory wellness, bloodroot has commonly been used as a remedy for conditions like the common cold, influenza, lung infections, and various sinus issues. This can also act as an expectorant, eliminating phlegm and mucus, which can attract and collect bacteria and other pathogens. [4]

Heart Health

Bloodroot has been closely associated with cardiovascular conditions, particularly high blood pressure, as the chemical constituents can help to slow the blood and reduce strain on the heart. This can lessen the effects of atherosclerosis. [5]

Topical Applications

You will sometimes find bloodroot in topical skin applications and herbal remedies, as the high concentration of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds found in the plant can eliminate conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne, as well as skin lesions, and warts. If you want smooth, younger-looking skin without blemishes, then start applying bloodroot salves to your affected areas. However, this salve should be used in very limited quantities. [6]

Migraine Pain

The anti-inflammatory effects of bloodroot include an ability to ease the pain of migraines and headaches. By eliminating inflammatory molecules and adding some minor analgesic relief, it acts as a powerful and effective herbal remedy for these chronic problems. [7]

Arthritis Relief

Bloodroot paste is popular among those suffering from arthritis, as it can rapidly eliminate the pain and inflammation in joints, while also increasing circulation throughout the body, stimulating growth and repair, and also keeping the metabolism healthy. More energy means more activity, and less pain of inflammation makes that extra burst of life even more enjoyable. [8]

Word of Caution: Bloodroot does have a lot of impressive benefits, but there are some side effects as well. This is a very powerful plant and can be dangerous if used incorrectly to improve your health. It is toxic in nature and can even cause scarring if used excessively. Internal use should be strictly regulated to tinctures and decoctions in small, measured amounts, and the strict advisement of an herbal practitioner or doctors is strongly recommended. [9]

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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