Beautiful bloodroot is blooming! Sanguinaria canadensis is a native woodland plant growing in shady mixed forest. It is a traditional First Nations medicine. The leaves and roots are poisonous and cause vomiting if ingested and a contact rash if touched. Do not touch bloodroot and touch your eyes! Use gloves when wild harvesting and only take from substantially large patches. Bloodroot can be commercially grown using forest farming techniques. The dried roots can be made into medicinal salves to treat sore and inflamed joints and muscles, rheumatism, and poor blood circulation near the surface of the skin. It is used in modern dental preparations to treat plaque build up and gum inflammation.