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Indigenous Plants & Native Uses in the Northeast

(Sanguinaria canadensis)


Medicine: The juice was used for sore throats and an infusion from the rhizome for rheumatism. Cancer was treated with the plant on the basis that the juice is caustic and can destroy and scar tissue with prolonged contact.

Technology: The juice from the crimson root and inner bark was prized for painting cheeks and faces, and in decorating clothing and staining wooden items.

Note: Also called Indian Paint.

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