Wild Medicine

Wow! I really don’t think I’ll try using Bloodroot for anything other than looking at, but I will admit that I am fascinated by the sheer uses it has had through the years, especially in alternative medicine. It is said to cure everything from acne to heart ailments. I was told to look at it but not to touch it. The liquid in the stems and roots (rhizomes) is toxic. Herbalists use it to treat a variety of ailments but (as it says online) it is toxic if over used. Authorities even had to put the hammer down on Quack medicine purveyors in the 20’s because people were getting sick, really sick. I always wonder which person first tried these things and how many people got sick or died as they figure out what was beneficial and what wasn’t. I’ve learned that Native Americans watched animals to see what they were eating and I am sure more than one of them had a stomach ache or two over time. I’m glad I had “Clearasil” as a teen and will leave the leaves to the experts!

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