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Bloodroot: A Medicinal Plant

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Moles   11  1   

Posted by Lisa (Mabou, Nova Scotia ) on 07/31/2009

[YEA]  Bloodroot, grown often as an ornamental in gardens has proven to be an amazing remedy for the removal of facial moles!!! I had on, dark brown mole on my chin that grew darker and larger over the years. I stumbled upon this remedy and decided to try it. Absolutely amazing! The pulverized root mixed with a little cayenne pepper and a drop of grapefuit seed extract was applied to the lightly scratched surface of the mole. This was covered with a bandaid and left overnight. In the morning I applied a hot compress for 1 minute. Then the bandaid was removed. A scab had formed over the surface of the mole. I applied an antibiotic ointment over this. It is important to let the scab fall of in it's own time! After three (!) days the scab fell off and my mole I had lived with for 15 years is COMPLETELY gone!!!

Replied by Kgd
Saint Louis, Mo
I am posting this because I hope it will help someone.

Thursday 11/6/03
Age 38, I am fair-skinned with history of blistering sunburns during childhood. A barber discovered that I had a large mole while trimming the back of my neck while I was out of town working on my mom's estate. I was extremely busy that year and was not checking my skin monthly. The covering was reddish brown oval shape 5/8" wide with a rough surface like a mole or scab, but with no recent injury. It grew to that size within less than 5-7 weeks since I had last looked at the back of my neck. It was not painful, but I noticed my shirt tag rubbing against the rough spot for the first time the day before it was discovered. Of course I was in a mental panic driving back from the barber shop. As soon as I walked in the door, I called immediately for an appointment with my dermatologist but the receptionist said there was a 5-week wait. I was very concerned and they moved it up to 15 days. After I hung up the phone, I remembered bloodroot is supposed to remove moles and that there was a patch at the edge of the yard just outside the kitchen. I also knew a lady who had used black salve to remove skin cancer from her forehead. Even though the bloodroot was dormant I dug in the dirt, found it on the first try, broke off a root piece the size of a finger joint, washed it and kept it refrigerated in a little glass pill jar. I sliced off a 1mm thick piece of bloodroot, rubbed the juice on the mole and let it soak in. I applied the bloodroot slice to the mole basically the same way my dermatologist had shown me how to use salicylic acid pads for plantar warts, but I never scraped it. The bloodroot juice made it sting slightly and I could feel that something was happening. I put a drop of water on the root slice to make sure it was moist and rubbed it on the mole again. All it took was a 1mm thick slice and the diameter fit perfectly on the mole. I taped it down tight on the mole with a bandaid, and sealed it with medical tape.

Within 20 minutes of making the doctor appt my first bloodroot treatment was already applied. At that point I was not worried because I was doing something positive about it plus I had a doctor appt scheduled just in case the bloodroot didn't work. I massaged it through the bandage frequently to squeeze more juice into the mole and stimulate healing. The reddish brown cover came off the next morning. I changed the bandage each morning, and repeated the process. The light colored yellowish gray pus sloughed off on the bandages a little bit each day and rinsed off while showering. The skin was also healing as the mole was clearing out, it shrunk down to almost nothing in 5 days and completely healed within a week. The scar is a 5/8" wide crater but It is totally unnoticeable.

Friday 11/21/03 3:30PM
I brought the bandages and tissue which I had kept frozen in a jar to the appt. My dermatologist remarked that the scar was pretty big. I had prepared these questions for my dermatologist:
Will you biopsy the tissue that I had frozen so that I will know whether I had cancer?
Can you take a biopsy sample from the dried mole covering still attached to a bandage?
Have you had other patients who used bloodroot?
What do you think of the bloodroot-based escharotic black salve ointments that are on the market?
Can you find out from a biopsy if this was associated with a specific cancer, virus, mold, or bacteria?
My dermatologist refused the biopsy request and didn't really explain why. I wanted to know if I had had cancer and felt like he brushed me off.

Of course, I dug up some bloodroot while the house was vacant and have a nice patch growing in my yard now. I kept the piece of bloodroot that I used in 2003 frozen in a jar and found that it maintains potency while frozen. It can be reconstituted with water and sliced for continued use for several years - which is good since the plant is rare and grows very slowly. I used it again twice in 2006 & 2009 , but these were pinhead-size moles that I discovered during routine skin self-examinations, and bloodroot removed each of them in one day.

Meanwhile, in 2009 one of my best friends died of melanoma at age 44. He had an abundance of moles, but the melanoma was already at Stage 4 when discovered and he told me before he died that he did not know where it originated.

In 2012, 9 years after the discovery of my fast-growing mole, I viewed "Skin Lesions And Cancer" slideshow. I think what I had most closely resembled Bowen's Disease which is a type of squamous cell carcinoma that rapidly spreads outward. If that is the case then I probably had a a pre-cancerous actinic keratosis in that location that I was unaware of prior to the rapid growth of the mole. Now at age 47 I discovered that I suddenly have about a dozen actinic keratosis spots on top of my head, so I am trying apple cider vinegar for 3 days so far with no result. I might try bloodroot powder from an herb shop mixed with aloe lotion if ACV doesn't work, but I've tried bloodroot before and it doesn't seem to work with AK either. I can always visit a dermatologist to freeze them off if needed.

Posted by Carolyn (Bay City, MI USA) on 11/18/2008

[WARNING!]  I used bloodroot paste on a mole on my stomach. This is what I learned: It is very powerful. Be sure to put it ONLY on the spot you want gone. That's what I did at first, but when it got all white around it, I put more paste all over that too! I mistakenly thought that it was trying to reattach. Over and over for about 4 days. Not a good idea. Now I realize I should have been careful to put it only on the spot itself. The resulting area would most likely have been much smaller.

It developed into a big sore. Was swollen and red and hurt like heck! BUT each day the redness and soreness lessened, so I wasn't too worried about it. I used antibiotic cream with a pain killer on bandaid and kept it covered. It was rather interesting watching the process, even though pretty gross. Then the center of the thing got sorta rubbery and began to loosen around the edges. Now that hurt, but I realized that it was getting ready to fall out. When it came out, it left a pretty deep looking hole about the size of a quarter. All in all this process took about 2 weeks, but the crater that it left is filling in nicely.

At no time did it seem to be infected, all fluid was clear, and I could see improvement each day.

I will be much more careful should I decide to use it again.

Replied by Annette
Queensland, Australia
Black salve should only be applied once, I think, to the affected area, for 12 to 24 hours, and then simply left, covered if you want to protect the area and also your clothes. I believe that the salve breaks through the disguise that the cancer uses to trick your body into growing it, and allowing your body's own immune system to do its stuff and recognise and expel the foreign material.

With all it's successes over time black salve should be readily available to us all, and the authorities should be supporting research into how it works best rather than suppressing the information and shutting down and jailing the manufacturers!!!

Posted by Donna (Washington, DC) on 05/09/2008

[WARNING!]  I used the bloodroot salve almost three weeks ago. I only used a little bit on four small moles, probably the size of a pin head and covered the area with a bandaid. The next morning I had redenss and swelling under my eyes and scabs where the moles were. It looked like I was in a fight! I called the company and was very frustrated. The guy told me that the reaction was normal, and that it would heal. Within the next two days the scab came off of one which is healed, but light in color. On the left side of my face was the bigger mole. It was a little bigger than a pin head, but once the mole fell off the area was bigger.That area has also healed, but is white in color with some darkness around the circled area. Once again I contacted the company and the guy stated that the skin would repigment over time. The problem that I am experiencing now is on my left cheek where I removed three small moles. My excema has flared up, which is making my skin look terrible. I am trying to be patient with this process but it is very frustating. I would not advise using the cream on your face.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, TN
Consider yourself fortunate to have found something that works & doesn't kill you before any cancer has the chance to. I have also used the black salve with good results many times in the past. If anyone wonders why many are getting disillusioned with orthodox medicine and the FDA, go to, go through until you find reference to Cancerolytic Herbs: A History of Suppression. You just might decide that the above has developed into our worst cancer of all. Most of all, we need to thank God for the internet which makes it much easier for useful information to be passed on to the public and when enough of us "little bucks" plebians" join together, maybe we can out shout the big bucks and change things back to the way it should be. The first thing we need to tackle is getting the toxins (especially monosodium glutamate and aspartame) out of our food supplies and we don't have time to play around - because they are now saying that alzheimers disease is hitting people in their thirties. At this rate most parents won't be functioning mentally long enough to get their children to a state of independence where they can care for themselves. Even worse is the probablility that these children will develop symptoms much earlier than their parents because they have been fed foods laden with MSG and aspartame since they were old enough to eat baby food.

Posted by Peggy (Gulf Breeze, FL) on 04/17/2008

[YEA]  About a year ago, I decided to use bloodroot to remove a pencil- eraser-sized mole on the left side of my chin close to the jaw line just below my mouth. I chose the bloodroot/DMSO combination since I understood that the DMSO would speed the process through the skin. I have to say that I was not prepared for what happened. Once I had started the process, though, there was no turning back. I covered just the mole with the bloodroot paste and kept it covered. I reapplied the paste for about a week. First, the mole turned a cheesy looking white. Then, it scabbed over and had a white ring completely around the edge of it. By this time, the whole thing was about the size of a dime. My jaw swelled up and there were shooting pains in it that kept me from sleeping. This really scared me and I contacted someone for advice. I was advised after about six days of applying the salve to stop applying it, just keep the scab area covered,swab around the OUTSIDE of it with peroxide and it would loosen and fall off. This seemed to take a little longer than I anticipated, but when I added a little warm compress, it truly did pop right out. You certainly don't want to rush this - it has to fall out on its own. The back of the "mole" was grayish and smoothe with little dots on it that I assume were the tiny blood vessels that had supplied blood to it. The spot where the mole had been looked like I had taken a paper punch and punched out a circle of skin. I thought I was in for a bad scar, but I started putting vitamin E on it and organic coconut oil. It's been a year now and the spot is not very noticable to anyone but me, and that's because I know its there. I continue to keep it oiled and also use anti-scar products just for good measure. The faint of heart should NOT use bloodroot, especially on their face. Using it on a floppy mole in some inconspicious place covered by clothing would probably be a lot less scary. My mole was fairly large and well anchored, and on my face - not the floppy kind on a stalk. I do think it is amazing stuff, BUT extreme care needs to be taken when using it.

Replied by Margierunner
Austin, Texas
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]   I had similar results on a mole on my back. I put bloodroot paste on the mole for about 1 week. It got really infected and my lymph nodes hurt and I felt really sick. I put honey on the mole and within a few days the infection was gone and the mole dropped out this morning. There is a serious hole in my back right now but it is clean and I expect it to fill in as others have reported. I had a smaller mole (pencil eraser size) on my neck that fell out much quicker with less pain. The hole is filled in now after a week. I really appreciate all the advice on this website as I was not surprised at the process I went through. I would certainly do it again but also warn others not to do this if you are faint at heart. It can be very scary.

Posted by Alex (London, United Kingdom) on 04/15/2008

[WARNING!]  I tried bloodroot bought off ebay last autum (2007) I do like herbal alternate remedies and was quite excited when reading about bloodroot. Looking at my moles for years (and being vain) I rejoiced at the possibility of having them vanish in an easy and scarless fashion (as proclaimed) Got a bit carried away though and decided to eradicate all about 30-40 off them on front and back of torso at once. Thought if they do take a few weeks to heal and might be unseemly in the mean time (plus I won't be able to use the sunbed to avoid pigment scarring) it would be better to do them all at once, rather than one after the other (which would have taken month and month...) The result was major discomfort - after 2-3 applications my body seemed to turn into a sea of skin irritation and itching!!! It really did drive me up the wall and since there was no position in which I could lie painless and itchfree (forget Paracetamol - won't help a bit), I did not realy sleep for 2 weeks.

Now for the benefit of the procedure. Some moles fell off pretty soon (especially the more raised ones) and have vanished hence. Mostly though - especially the smaller ones were still there when the scabs came off and I still have slight reddening around them. For the bigger flat ones - one fell off (with about 5mm of underneath skin tissue leaving a 8mm itching crater in the skin - took about another 10 days to close up and the result is a reddish smoth round scar as big as the mole there used to be. Several other bigger moles did prevail as well and are now suspiciouse looking, i.e. they are now multicoloured and less regular shaped. It does also seem a bit as if I have a few more tiny moles in vicinity to where treated mole on my abdomen. (cannot swear on that though). The post-bloodroot look of the multicolored moles did get me worried and my GP had two biopsised. Fortunately the biopsies were benign. They will still cut them both out completly to make sure though(ergo in the end the bloodroot did help me get rid of two more big moles, by causing the NHS to pay for their excision). If someone were to ask me - don't use bloodroot for the heck of it. Make sure that the moles you treat are really draining your self worth and not just little beauty spots. Consider the options - when I had the biopsis done the process was much more 'comfortable' that the bloodroot procedure, it did not hurt, did not itch and left less scarring yet.

Posted by Maily (Melbourne, Australia) on 03/17/2008

[YEA]  Is cancema and blood root the same thing? I put some cancema on a tiny mole I had on my shoulder - a tiny bit three days in a row. The area around the mole went quite red about 1cm immediately around the mole it was raised up a bit and creamish colour. I covered it with a bandaid each day as it took weeks to heal, but when the scab finally came off the mole had gone. It has slowly healed and now I'm putting a little lavender essential oil on it each day and the scar is disappearing quite noticeably. I am a real fan of this website....thank you. Maily

Posted by Paul (Madera, CA) on 01/13/2008

[YEA]  re: Bloodroot Paste. Used it to test it on a small mole that I have had all of my life before my wife used it on a suspicious looking mole on her back. Her "suspicious" mole fell off and healed considerably faster than my mole! Cansema worked very well. It was painful for me, not overly so, just noticeable. Her experience was mild. If you understand the process Cansema is an outstanding remedy. But to use it ignorantly would be unadvisable. Just one of many natural remedies that big pharma cannot profit from. It is impossible to patent natural cures. Therefore, a mainstream cure to cancer has become a money-making machine for the "gods" of this world. Who else would you take your clothes off for just because you are told to do so? Sheeple are to be sheared so become informed and share with your friends, family and neighbors.

Posted by James (Tuscon, Arizona) on 01/08/2008

[NAY]  My experience hasnt been so good with bloodroot. I put it on a small mole on my arm to test it, and one on my thigh. It did what everyone else has said - scabbed, turned black, got a white ring, fell out. but now, ive got 2 hideous hypertrophic scars (red and raised) which my surgeon says will take years to fade. the one on my arm is about 1cm diameter while the mole was originally only about 2mm. There are complications with revising hypertrophic scars so for the mean time im stuck with them. Im not usually prone to hypertrophic scarring either. The freaky part is that beneath the scar there is a dark patch where the mole appears to be growing back. Now I feel like there are bigger things to worry about than permanent scars - like has the Bloodroot made a way for mole cells to access beneath the skin? If so am I at risk of melanoma? Someone please help me out.

Replied by Mjjk
Corpus Christi, Tx
Used black salve on several unusual skin growths. I have had the same experience you have had. At one point, I had figured out that the "black spot" below skin was a crater still filling in under the protective covering of the layer of skin on top. How have your scars resolved? Thank you!
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Mjjk, was your black salve with or without bloodroot? Was it only icthammol ointment?
Replied by Lauri B
Oregon, US
I applied blood root to a large mole that had suddenly begun to "change". This not being our first rodeo with BR, I was not surprised by the extreme reaction that occurred. After the eschar fell out of what seemed like a well hole, I too had large hypertrophic scarring. This scarring itched terribly. I read on earth clinic about applying Vit. E oil to scars to cause them to soften and heal. The itching immediately stopped after the first application of Vit. E. After 4-6 weeks of nightly application, the scar flattened and is now nearly skin colored. I am happy with the remaining scar and I'm especially relieved the mole is completely gone.

Posted by Cheryl (Pensacola, Florida) on 10/18/2007

[YEA]  I used bloodroot paste on a large mole on the back of my neck. It took several weeks because of the size, but it worked wonderfully. I got the idea from my brother in-law who has used it repeatedly on several facial moles. He has had no problems.

Posted by Danielle (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 10/10/2007

[YEA]  Hi, I have been using bloodroot to remove moles for a few months now and have found it to be a miracle! I am worried that the FDA may try to crackdown on this and other herbal remedies and would like to suggest to you and all readers that this upcoming elections year we have a chance to vote for someone who would stop this from happening. His name is Ron Paul and is a doctor but has publicly stated and written columns about how the FDA has no right to stop us from using these herbs. That's all thanks!

Posted by Rose Marie (Cottonwood, AZ) on 08/09/2007

[YEA]  I use bloodroot paste on moles and skin tags. As everyone says, it does cause moderate pain and redness. I apply it for 3 days with a bandaid over it and then I apply neosporn or bag balm for 3 days with a bandaid and the mole or tag falls off by itself at the root level. The area then heals and within a few weeks there is no sign of damage.

Posted by Chandi (Fairbanks, Alaska) on 08/06/2007

[YEA]  Hey, I said I'd write back after I finished using the bloodroot paste on a mole on my arm, so here I am! I am mostly pleased with the results. The reason I say mostly is because I seem to have missed a tiny bit of the mole when I was applying the paste, and am left with a tiny speck of mole, about the size of a pen-tip. But the part of the mole that did get covered is completely gone. I had applied a fresh bit of paste to the mole after every daily shower (because the medical tape got wet and uncomfortable, mostly) for a week. A white ring developed around the mole (the part that I had missed didn't get the ring). The surrounding skin was red and felt itchy, rather uncomfortable. At the end of the week, I left the bandage off while in the shower, and when the water hit it the scab that had formed in the center of the ring, it just fell off. I was left with a hole in the skin, not very deep, and it didn't hurt at all. After that, I applied Neosporin and a bandage, kept it changed every day for another week, and after that I stopped applying anything to it at all, not even a bandage. Now it's all healed up,the skin is smooth and there's only a pink mark, and the little speck of mole that I missed. I plan to use the paste again to get rid of the speck.

Posted by Katherine (New Market, VA) on 02/01/2007

[YEA]  I tried the Bloodroot Paste - I have many moles and I am very anti-doctor. I have been cursed with these moles since I was young. I read about Bloodroot & decided to give it a try. Well I started on one (to get a feel for the length of time & what to expect) I began at the beginning of Jan 2007 and on Jan 31,2007 that first mole just fell off!No bleeding -- nothing- it just simply fell off-WOW!! It is Feb 1ST &I am starting on #2 mole.. I did experience a small about of discomfort on the last day.. before it fell off- so I opted to do one at a time (some of mine are quite large) I am VERY pleased with the results!! And by the way-- this morning the spot where that first mole was.. is barely noticeable..

Posted by Alice (Washington, MI) on 12/22/2006

[YEA]  My husband had a large mole on his back that has increased in size over the years. He's very anti-doctor. After some extensive research he decided to try the bloodroot paste. It has worked perfectly, just as described. Be prepared, it can be VERY painful, especially with a bigger lesion, but he is very satisfied with the results. I am an RN, and I am amazed by the results and complete and total removal of the mole. He now has a nice pink, granulated wound that I'm certain will heal quickly without infection. Had he had conventional surgery, I'm certain he would have had a much larger wound with the probable need for a skin graft. We are very satisfied with the results.

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Posted by Melissa Billups (Cameron Park, CA) on 09/15/2007

[YEA]  I have a salve that has helped people with boils and outbreaks caused by MRSA. It certainly is no cure for MRSA or boils, but it does help topically to remove them quite rapidly. It draws out the infection and pus and promotes faster healing. It is all natural. Please see my website at and read the testimonials page for more information and before and after pictures.

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Replied by Sl
I have used this salve with great results. It was suggested to me by a Naturapathic DR. I would recommend it to others. GREAT for boils! Works quickly.

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