What is Bloodroot and Bloodroot Salve?

blackroot flowerBloodroot is a flowering herb widely used by Native Americans both as a dye and as a medicine. This plant is native to the United States and Canada. When the Bloodroot plant is cut, the budding rootstalk and root release a bloodred fluid that gives its names. Herbalist harvest this plant during the fall as its the best time to make medicines out of it.


Medical History of Bloodroot

Native Americans created medicines from Bloodroot for the following ailments:

  1. Colds
  2. Congestion
  3. Diphtheria
  4. Hemorrhagic Tuberculosis
  5. Abdominal Cramps
  6. Vomiting
  7. Gastrointestinal Hemorrhages and Abdominal Lumps
  8. Open wound
  9. Gangrenes

As modern medicine improves, the use of bloodroot for medicinal purposes started to diminish. Here are some Early Wester accounts of the medicinal power of bloodroot:

From interaction with Native Americans, European Colonists were able to utilize Bloodroot medicinal properties to cure western ailments. The rhizome or rootstalk proved to be an important part of the flowering plant and that is not the only part of the plant that proved to be effective. In addition, they were able to create medicinal products that cure tremors, headaches, asthma, and more when bloodroot was used together with its leaves and roots. Further studies during this time showed Europeans that Bloodroot also has anti-inflammatory properties. 

Bloodroot as a cure for cancer has been proven historically.

In the mid-1800s, a doctor in London developed a treatment using a combination of a Bloodroot paste, flour, water, and zinc chloride. He used this concoction to apply directly to breast tumors and other cancers. Another account of using Bloodroot is an American Surgeon named Jesse Weldon Fell. He learned to create a medicinal mixture from Cherokee Indians to treat cancer and he also verified that pairing bloodroot with Zinc Chloride enhances the plants cancer-curing properties. With this Knowledge came the Bloodroot product known as Black Salve.

Other names of Bloodroot:

  • Blood Root 
  • Bloodwort
  • Black Salve
  • Coon Root 
  • Indian Plant 
  • Indian Red Paint
  • Pauson
  • Red Indian Paint
  • Red Puccoon
  • Red Root
  • Sang-Dragon
  • Sang de Dragon
  • Sanguinair
  • Sanguinaire du Canada
  • Sanguinaria
  • Sanguinaria canadensis
  • Snakebite
  • Sweet Slumber
  • Tetterwort

Bloodroot Salve: Bloodroot as Medicinal Product

Bloodroot Salve, also known as Black Salve, is a product classified as an escharotic – a substance that kills unwanted or dead tissue. Escharotics are widely used to treat superficial skin growths like warts, skin cancer and more. Black salve is widely popular as an alternative medicine to treat skin cancer with multiple accounts of positive results.


The main medicinal qualities of Bloodroot and Zinc Chloride gives Black salve is cancer-killing characteristics that many people can attest to. 


Main Ingredients of Bloodroot Salve

  • Bloodroot
  • Zinc Chloride

Secondary Ingredients

  • Chaparral
  • DMSO
  • Galangal
  • Graviola


Bloodroot – The main ingredient for Black Salves. The Rhizome or budding rootstalk and roots are the most important part of the flowering plant.

Zinc Chloride – Is a type of mineral salt that an escharotic salve like black salve must-have. With the combination of the right herbs, it will cause the “fixing” or escharotic effect on abnormal tissue.

Chaparral – Chaparral leaf has long-lasting anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, as well as germicidal action. It supports the immune system, which is vital in the action of Bloodroot Salve.

DMSO – known as a molecular carrier. It improves the overall healing penetration of the Black salve. DMSO is a proven effective anti-inflammatory; it also reduces scarring, improves healing time, diminishes pain and fights infection.

Graviola – is a herb known for its cancer-killing properties. Study shows Graviola kills pancreatic cancer cells by inhibiting cellular metabolism.


Are there safety concerns?


Using Bloodroot is not dangerous at all, but the proper application details should be foreknowledge. Salve is ideal for surface and small lesions. Small lesions only leave a small cavity to heal over. However, many people choose to remove large lesions with bloodroot salve. 

A good bloodroot salve product does not burn or corrode healthy skin. It is always good to test the salve on normal skin to see the reaction. It will always result in slight to no negative reaction at all.


Bloodroot Products from Zenith Herbal


Bloodroot Capsules (Triple Strength)

  • Better results with Better pricing. A new formulation for Bloodroot capsules with more healing potency.

Zen Skin Healing Balm and After-Care

  • Perfect pair to Bloodroot salve. It accelerates the healing process of the salve plus plays a role in relieving the pain of the treatment

Bloodroot Salve with DMSO (Deep Tissue)

  • Formulated here in  Zenith Herbal and our very first bloodroot product. Excellent for treating damage areas by skin cancer.

Bloodroot Capsules (Double Strength)

  • The maintenance Bloodroot Capsule you need. It contains Bloodroot, Graviola, Chaparral and Galangal (62.5mg of each herb). Each capsule is 250mg.


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