Indians used the Bloodroot plant too.There a patch of it that blooms early *Link*

in the Spring on my neighbor's property.

"The common name bloodroot and scientific name Sanguinaria (“sanguis” means blood in Latin) come from the blood-red sap that is found in all parts of the plant, especially in the thickened roots called rhizomes. Native Americans used bloodroot sap as a dye for baskets and clothing, mixed it with animal fat for use as body paint, and used it as a remedy for various ailments.
In some tribes single men rubbed the sap on their hands and would then find a way to shake hands with the girl of their desire. It was believed that after several days of this the girl would be ready to marry the man. In more recent times the sap was found to contain the poison alkaloid, sanguinarine. Sanguinarine is toxic if taken internally. Just to be safe, it’s probably a good idea to wash your hands after handling bloodroot rhizomes and take care not to get any of the sap in an eye or in your mouth."

Messages In This Thread