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Bloodroot Powder

Bloodroot Powder

[ 1885 ]
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per 1/4 Pound
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Native Americans used powdered bloodroot to produce a reddish liquid used as war paint and to dye fabrics. It is still used today for this purpose by various artisans, most notably by traditional southeastern basket makers.

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approximate cups to one pound4
originunited states
active compoundsIsoquinoline alkaloids, including Sanguinarine, Chelerythrine, Sanguidaridine, Oxysanguinaridine, Sanguilutine, Berberine, Coptisine, Chelilutine, Protopine, Sanguidimerine, Sanguirubine, and a- and b-Allocryptopine; Alkaloids Sanguinarine, Chelerythrine, Protopine and B. homochelidonine; Protopine, one of the most widely diffused of the opium alkaloids. The rhizome also contains red resin and an abundance of starch.
plant part useddried rhizome

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general guidelines and tips
storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaOrange-red in color, with no distinct aroma.


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householdBlood root is reputed to act as a natural insect repellent. It is also used to produce a dye for coloring wool and fabric.
safetyInternal use is not recommended due to the presence of benzophenanthride alkaloids in the root.

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Simmer fabrics in salted water before introducing to the dye bath to “fix” color.

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Mix with a small amount of beet root powder to vary the shade of final dye color from orange to pink and red.

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usage profile

blood root

Internal use is NOT recommended.


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what else you should know

blood root

Blood root has a long history of use by various Native American tribes to address ringworm and other skin infections. They also used dried blood root to make a dye for cloth, leather and other goods. In Appalachia, the herb is a coloring agent used by traditional basket weavers.

In Europe and Asia, blood root is added to animal feed as an alternative to synthetic antibiotics. Although extracts of the root have been used as anti-plaque agents in the dental products industry in the past, internal use is NOT generally recommended today because of toxicity associated with sanguinarine alkaloids in the plant.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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