Love, protection, and purification.

Steep in red wine for a full cycle of the moon to use as a “blood offering” for spells that call for this — DO NOT DRINK THE WINE.

Place in windows and doorways to keep curses and evil spirits out.

A favorite root for use in voodoo to defeat hexes and spells aimed against you.

Also Called: Red Root, Red Indian Paint, Tetterwort, Blood Root, Indian Paint, Pauson, Red Paint Root, Red Puccoon, Sanguinariat

This species contains many alkaloids and is poisonous in large doses. This herb should not be used by women when they are pregnant or lactating. The sap, fresh or dried, can cause intense irritation to the mucous membranes.

The root is locally anaesthetic, cathartic, emetic, emmenagogue, expectorant, diuretic, febrifuge, sedative, stimulant, tonic.

It is taken internally in the treatment of bronchial, respiratory tract and throat infections, and poor peripheral circulation.

Use with caution and preferably only under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.

An excessive dose depresses the central nervous system, causes nausea and vomiting, and may prove fatal.

This remedy should not be prescribed for pregnant or lactating women.

Externally, the root is used in the treatment of skin diseases, warts, nasal polyps, benign skin tumours, sore throats and chilblains.

Sanguinarine, which is obtained from the root, is used as a dental plaque inhibitor.

The root is used to make a homeopathic remedy that is used to treat migraine.

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