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Other Names: Bloodroot, Blood Root, Red Indian Paint,Tettorwort, Sweet Slumber, Paucon, Indian Plant, Red Root, Coon Root, Snakebite, Sanguinaria Canadensis
Traditional Usages: Red Indian Paints and Dyes, Fevers, Rheumatism, Expectorant (Clears mucus from the airways - use as gargle and do not swallow), Use as external wash for Warts, Ringworm, Athlete's Foot, Improves circulation, Asthma, Croup, Whooping Cough, Pneumonia, Bleeding of the Lungs as in Tuberculosis, Emphysema, Nervous Irritation, Eczema, Ulcers, Chronic Bronchitis, Dysentery, Lowers the Pulse Rate
Resources: US, Canada,
Parts Used: Root, Rhizomes
Health Warning: Take only under Professional Medical guidance. Excessive doses are toxic.
Avoid during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.

Bloodroot - Herbal remedy for Halitosis: Bloodroot has been used by Native Americans as a medicinal and ritual plant for a variety of purposes and could be used as a medicinal herb for halitosis. It contains alkaloids that can prevent bacterial growth and are sometimes used as ingredients in toothpaste and mouthwash. Brush your teeth with a toothpaste containing bloodroot. Do Not Swallow. Available online from www.iherb.com
Health Warning: Bloodroot is toxic if swallowed and must not be used internally. A bloodroot overdose can cause nausea and vomiting.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies


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