Bloodroot: A Medicinal Plant


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Posted by Peggy (Gulf Breeze, FL) on 04/17/2008
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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
3 out of 5 stars

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
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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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
1 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
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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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
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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.

IMPORTANT: We are not healthcare professionals. We are amazed by the personal results we have experienced with this product. We are required to add: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, nor are these statements or mentioned products intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The statements are for informational purposes only and are not meant to replace the services or recommendations of a physician or qualified health care practitioner.

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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Posted by Ernie (Bouse, Arizona) on 09/25/2011

I have used Bloodroot in and on these areas

1. Rectal cancer as a suppository

2. Skin cancer

3. Brown recluse spider bite.

all successfully.

Posted by Monica (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA) on 02/08/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Blood Root Salve which I am buying from someone who will not tell me who she buys from nor will she tell me the exact ingredients. My husband died of cancer which first started as small spots on his penis. He heard about blood root and bought the salve but it was so painful that he could not stand using it and went in the conventional methods.

I noticed some very weird spots all over my face and tried some of his salve. It attacked the spots and took almost half my lip off in the process, which has grown back totally. I found more spots on my back and it is removing them with silver dollar size black scabs, raised about half an inch of the skin. I am convinced that since the skin grows back with no scar, that this salve also stimulates the adult stem cells and gets them to repair the damaged areas. I have terrible arthritis and two hip replacements. I am putting this, diluted with vaseline on and around my knee joints and the pain seems to be going away. I think it might be rebuilding my knee. I also had a head injury which knocked out my short term memory. I am gaining full brain function back. I am also taking a small amount of this internally. A friend of mine started using it to cure headaches and he noticed that his brain was unusually sharp when attempting to do extremely difficult tasks.

My husband and I and our dog set up a machine shop in the cellar of an old cow killing plant, where the hides had been cured. I figure he, I, and also the dog, got cancer after hanging out there for three years and breathing the dust etc. My dog has some kind of cancer in her breathing tubes, I am giving her bloodroot also. I can see small pieces of cancer coming out of my body in my shits. Also from the dog. I am convinced if my husband had been able to withstand the pain and just used the bloodroot salve both externally and internally he would still be alive.

I would like to obtain a recipe to make the salve which can also be ingested and I would like to start growing bloodroot, and all the other plants which go into making it. I would like to make it available at a more reasonable price to whoever needs it. If anyone knows a good way to make it please let me know.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
385 posts
5 out of 5 stars

The best bloodroot remedy appears to be the simplest, which is 40% bloodroot and the rest is pure ethanol alcohol (found in vodka and beer). The addition of zinc chloride I believe is not helpful and caused burning sensation. Bloodroot if given in small quantities, although salves are too strong and painful because the dose is too large took me some time to resolve and it turned out a diluted bloodroot tincture works the best. The application of them generally leaves no scar and I am looking at the results of removal of skin tags if used only in a tincture form to work fairly quickly. Therefore because of the regenerative capacities of bloodroot the stem cells seems to be what bloodroot is promoting and hence the lack of scars. This is seen also in aloe vera oil and aloe vera extracts also as well as colloidal silver and colloidal gold.

The reason it has taken long for me to post the issue of bloodroot is to resolve the problems of pain and the associated dose and frequency which I have resolved. Hence the standard dose internally appears to be between 3-6 drops taken between 4-6 times a day. A minimum dose is closer to 3 drops taken 4 times a day. The concentration of bloodroot tincture (powder) is between 40-60% and the rest is ethanol alcohol. Black salve caused a lot of gastrointestinal distress, bloating and pain, but given the right concentration and dose, it doesn't cause any pain or cause additional scarring, as we have seen during treatment periods using the bloodroot salves. A possibility exist to use other forms of bloodroot powder, in very small quantities dissolved in water is another way to do it also. A bloodroot tincture can also be purchased from most health food stores seems to work fine also, against warts, Morgellon's disease, lupus, cancer polyps, cancer tumor, human papilloma virus, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and even brain functions because of its regenerative capacities. The secret appears to be the dose and this is followed by vitamin B complex and alkalization. For some reason or another the pain and the associated anxiety that exists turns out to be that the bloodroot depletes the vitamin B complex, or that the body needs more of the vitamin B complex, some vitamin C and alkalization to prevent the associated negative side effects associated with bloodroot use.

Most people who did used bloodroot skipped with dose, frequency and concentration which prevented their lack of success and overlooked the resulting requirements of vitamin B complex which is why bloodroot is an overlooked remedy. I didn't overlook, but I had to resolve some technical use (besides trying to get them!), and their results before actually posting them.


Replied by Carin
Cape Cod, MA

The recipe of blood root (40-60%) with an alcohol mixture taken internally that Ted commented about, is that for external lesions as well as internal leasions? thanks very much.

Replied by Eve
Cocoa Beach, Fl

Monica, I know your source won't tell you what the ingredients are in the blood root formula that you take internally, but can they tell you whether there is 'zinc chloride' in the formula?... and could you please tell me 'how much' you take internally daily?

Posted by Ron (Van Buren, MO) on 01/22/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I was taught as a little boy about the benefits of bloodroot as a "topical" treatment for skin tags, warts and skin cancers and have seen amazing results in a wide variety of applications. I think it is important however to stress that bloodroot should never be taken internally without the close supervision of a qualified herbalist. If a person has any (even undiagnosed) liver problems, the results could be catastrophic. I've had wonderful results personally in the treatment of a melanoma using "Two Feathers" healing salve both internally and externally and while I've been unable to break out all of it's ingredients I was able to be sure that it does not contain bloodroot. To check it out, go to namaste. Ron