How to make bloodroot salve

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How to make bloodroot salve
Bloodroot is a healing herb. (Muffet: Flickr.com)

Bloodroot salve is a Native American herb medicine concocted from bloodroot, which is native to the Eastern region of the United States and Canada. It was most commonly used to treat warts, moles, cancer and other skin maladies. Bloodroot derives its name from its distinctive root sap, which has the colour and texture of blood. The herb grows in moist, shady and secluded areas. Bloodroot salve contains many healing properties and can be used for most skin conditions, even cuts and wounds.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • ½ cup bloodroot powder
  • ½ cup zinc chloride crystals
  • ½ cup white flour
  • ½ cup chaparral extract
  • Bowl
  • Double boiler
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • Spoon
  • Glass jar

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Don your rubber gloves, as they will protect your hands from the bloodroot powder. Bloodroot is strong in its raw form and may cause skin irritation. Always wear gloves when working with bloodroot, as it is quickly absorbed into the skin.

  2. 2

    Mix the bloodroot powder, zinc chloride crystals, white flour and chaparral extract together in a bowl.

  3. 3

    Fill the bottom chamber of a double boiler with water and bring it to a boil on high heat.

  4. 4

    Add the water to the top chamber of the boiler, and stir in the bloodroot mixture.

  5. 5

    Turn the heat setting down to medium high and allow the mixture to cook for approximately 30 minutes, stirring constantly.

  6. 6

    Remove the salve from the heat and pour it into a glass jar. Ensure that the jar is clean and sanitised and seal it tightly for storage. Use the salve immediately or store it in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a wooden spoon when stirring the bloodroot mixture in the boiler, as wood does not conduct heat the way metal spoons do.
  • Bloodroot salve is a strong inflammatory agent: possible side effects include nausea, headache, inflammation, rash and irritation.

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