Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by Realtruth
I have used Prid my whole life and it works for everything from splinters to spider bites. It is a "drawing salve" made of mostly coal tar I think.
I will definitely be checking out the blood root now. Can you tell us what herb to plant to have this root? Is the flower in your picture called bloodroot?
Plant bloodroot in moist, shady deciduous woods. Bloodroot grows in the wild throughout eastern North America. Each flower rises from a single stock and only blooms for a few days, but the colony will bloom for about two weeks.
Leave bloodroot undisturbed. Four inch lobed leaves unfurl after the flowers have dropped their petals. An elongated seed pod rises soon after. Ants carry the seeds away to eat the fleshy part, then place the seed in their nest debris. The seed germinates and your colony will grow.
Plant in the shade under deciduous trees (trees that drop their leaves in the fall). Your colony will bloom about the same week that box elder trees flower. Bloodroot is an ephemeral (ee-fem-ur-l), meaning the leaves will die down and go dormant over the summer. Place next to a shade plant like hosta that will fill in the space later in the summer. Deer do not eat the flowers as the plant contains a toxic poison nor are the plants bothered by insects or disease. This is a low maintenance plant.
Bloodroot flowers are one of the earliest pollen producing plants. Honeybees and pollinating flies cover the flowers when they open on sunny days. Bees need early blooming plants to sustain them before moving on to pollinate our cultivated plants in summer. Human development has greatly reduced habitat for native wildflowers, protect and nurture bees by planting bloodroot in your garden.
Wear gloves and wash hands after contact. Bloodroot is named for the orange/red rhizome (root) that contains a reddish sap. The root sap contains the toxin sanguinarine. This can burn skin tissue in sensitive people so care should be taken when transplanting. Native Americans used the sap for medicinal and ceremonial uses and combined the sap with oak tannin to create a colorfast yellow-orange dye.
Contact your local nature center to find out where you can visit established native colonies. It is an unforgettable sight to see a hillside covered in bloodroot flowers in spring.
Do not dig plants from the wild as bloodroot is considered endangered. Check with a local garden club or plant rescue organization that saves plants from development. Purchase plants from a garden center or internet catalog. Ask a shade gardening neighbor if they have some to share. Plant and grow bloodroot in your shady garden and you too can enjoy this enchanting spring delight.
Originally posted by Ookie
My dad showed me bloodroot when I was a kid. I used to dig it up and put it on my skin to pretend I was wearing war paint when playing cowboys and indians. Or we would mash it up and put it on our shirts to simulate being dead. No one ever got sick or got a blister or anything from it.
But I also read that buttercups make skin lesions when rubbed on body parts but it never happened when I tried it. They also say amanita muscaria is poisonous, but I have eaten hundreds of them and all it ever did was make me feel drunk.
Originally posted by A-Dub
pretty cool, info thanks for sharing.
I got one on my back id love to try it on, but after hearing the story about the ladies nose getting eaten away by using the stuff scares me, so I think ill just go have it cut out lol
Originally posted by VoidHawk
Good post but a warning.
A man I used to know accidentaly scratched a mole. The cancer spread through his body and only a few weeks later he was dead. So I'm not sure the idea of pricking moles is a good one.
Originally posted by Love thy neighbor
Has anyone heard of bloodroot working on a keloid?