And this week's prize for the random poisonous substance that Gilly thought would be cool to bring home goes to.......Bloodroot! LOL. In the co-op this morning. Hmm....I think....what is speaking to me today? What do I want to grab some of and learn about. A red powder caught my eye. My my that is pretty...
I read the label. Blood Root Powder. Oh, that sounds interesting I wonder what I can do with that? And so home it comes. So, I enter the Intervserse and see what comes up. My first click gets: Specific Warnings: DO NOT INGEST THIS HERB! Bloodroot has an emetic effect in dosages above 0.03 g. Internal overdoes can cause vomiting, diarrhea, intestinal colic, possible collapse, and possible death. Just because you see this listed as a plaque inhibitor and read that it is used in mouthwash and toothpaste - DOES NOT make it safe to experiment with. Oh dear. I've done it again.
How come I keep bringing home poisonous stuff? Is the Universe trying to tell me something?
LOL. But, just because one cannot ingest Bloodroot doesn't mean there are not
magical uses. A little history:
Real name - Sanguinaria. Grows on hills and mountains and the juice from the root is red in color, leading of course to the name Bloodroot. A picture of the root is below. Native American were known to use the juice as a body paint and dye. Also used as a love charm in which men would place juice of the root on
their palm and then attempt to shake hands with the maiden they most wanted. In several days she supposedly would agree to wed the man using the charm. In the modern medical era, the juice is warned to cause possible tissue damage so putting it on one's skin would not be advisable.
Native Americans and natural practitioners have used Bloodroot for things like skin conditions - things like destroying warts, polyps, even ringworm. Current research is investigating the use of Bloodroot in cancer treatment. An extract of Bloodroot been used in toothpaste and mouthwash to fight plaque and
gingivitis for years. But, again, it is advised to not experiment with individually due to the fact that it is, well, poisonous.
Magically ~ this straight from Witchipedia ~ Bloodroot is a popular protective hex-breaker in Voodoo and Rootwork magic. Yeah for roots, stones and bones! Love ya New World Witchery ;) - also a marriage protector and aids in promoting harmony with extended family members, especially in-laws and
helps prevent people from interfering in your marriage.
Other magical uses include putting the root in sachets and using them as an encouragement for a healthy sex life by putting the sachet under your mattress. LOL. People used to steep the roots in liquor for weeks and then drink the liquor in shots to stay desirable and potent. LOL again. People sprinkled
Bloodroot around the threshold of their homes to promote respect from those who enter. Bloodroot seems to be a commonly used protector of relationships. Sort of a shield against negative energy or people that would try to muck up your love life. It is also used as a general protection when placed around the home.
You can burn it to clear negative energy too. Witchipedia also suggests that so long as you aren't going to eat it or rub it on your body, Bloodroot can be used in place of blood in spells. Dried Bloodroot can be pounded into powder and added to water to reach the desired consistency or you can just use the powder
like I got, add water and do the same thing.