Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is actually an herb; despite its name. That is to say, it is a perennial that grows above the ground with a non-woody stem. The flowering part of Bloodroot is native to central and eastern North America from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, it is unique in that it is pollinated not by bees or even birds, but by ants, which carry home the seeds to their nests, where they germinate. Because of its color, Bloodroot has been used as dye clothing.
Bloodroot is a humble plant and can help with warts, digestive problems, skin ailments like skin tumors and respiratory issues. Recent research also points to the power of this unassuming plant’s root system as a source of the powerful alkaloid Sanguinarine, which has long been known as a cancer fighter.
Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy. May cause nausea and vomiting.