This valuable medicinal plant is one of the reasons we relocated to this magical forest. For many years we grew woodland medicinal herbs under shade tunnels on our old farm. One of the reasons we knew this woodland would be perfect as our new home is because we could allow our woodland plants to thrive in their natural environment. Many of these precious plants are endangered in their native countries as they are over harvested in the wild.
As Herbalists and medicine producers we encourage others to only get these valuable plants from sustainable or cultivated sources.
Plants like our Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Bethroot (Trillium erectum), False Unicorn Root (Chamaelirium luteum) or Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) need special care to grow well in Ireland. Last year we created little sanctuary spaces for them amidst the trees to settled them onto the new land. It’s wonderful to now see them spreading out this Spring as they establish themselves.
We won’t be harvesting many of these younger Bloodroot babies for another 3 years. Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a superb respiratory herb traditionally used for throat infections, asthma and bronchitis. It can also be used alongside other herbs in external preparations for skin infections and conditions. This is a medicinal herb that you must only use under supervision by a qualified herbalist.