Algonquin tribes used the red-orange sap from the roots as an insect repellent and for the treatment of several diseases.
In the Powhatan confederacy (Pocahontas was his favorite daughter of his favorite wife) bloodroot was know a puccon, meaning red paint or red dye.
All names come from the red sap that ozed from the roots. This red sap was used by many tribes for clothing and baskets.
It was used as a poison for it is highly toxic, but was used as medicine in small doses.
These Algonquin tribes associated the plant with love. Men would often wear blood red paint when they went a-courting.
Believe it or not several toothpaste companies incorporate ingredients from the plant to help fight plaque buildup and gum disease. Mouthwash companies say this will only work if tooth brushing is followed by mouthwash.
Let us simply have a walk in the woods in very early spring and enjoy the wildflowers we see and leave them there, especially the lady's slipper. Lady's slippers will not survive being removed.