Black Salve / Bloodroot

This information and the testimonials posted here are for informational purposes only.  Please read over all information provided in the links below to fully inform yourself before attempting to use black salve for any reason, and do so at your own risk.  Please read my disclaimer.

What is black salve?

The use of black salve is sometimes referred to as botanical surgery because of its remarkable ability to purge solid tumors and cancerous skin lesions from the body.  It is a thick paste that is made from various native American herbs, with the main herbal component from the Sanguinaria canadensis, also known as bloodroot.


Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis)

The salve is used by applying a very small amount over an area of diagnosed or suspected malignancy, which will trigger an immune system response if there is neoplastic (cancerous) tissue at that location.  Although it is possible that healthy tissue may become reddened and irritated when the black salve is applied, it is only cancerous tissue that will react with the salve and form into an eschar (or scab) as depicted in the photos and videos below.

Once the cancer has been recognized by the immune system it will be expelled in the form of an eschar that will slowly emerge and detach itself from the body.  The process usually begins with tingling or redness at the site of application that is followed by a puss-like oozing that will occur over a period of a few weeks until the eschar finally falls away on it own.  This entire process usually takes about two to three weeks, but it can be much longer depending on the situation that you are dealing with and if there is a need for more than one application.

How to use black salve:

Applying the salve -Stir the product before use, a toothpick works well for this.  Only a small amount of salve is needed and it is to be applied directly over the area of suspected malignancy only. It is also important to keep the black salve from drying out prematurely following the application. One way to do this is to cover the salve with a sterile bandage that has a coating of coconut oil on it to keep the eschar moistened.  A bandage will also protect the area from being disturbed and will prevent the eschar from falling off prematurely.

An eschar has formed.

Caring for the eschar– The bandages should be changed regularly as some people report having a significant amount of pus and drainage during the extraction process.   You can use a light spray of Colloidal Silver to help keep the area sterile and you can apply essential oils, unrefined coconut oil, Zen Healing Balm (to soothe and provide pain relief), vitamin e oil to assist with healing and minimize scarring, or a DMSO/clove oil to help with pain.  It is absolutely imperative that the eschar is allowed to fall away on its own.  Resist the urge to pick or any attempts to see what is going on underneath as this will only disrupt the entire process and it may require a second application.

After the eschar falls away- it is important to take a good look at the crater-shaped wound that is left behind to look for any remaining cancer.  This will appear as white matter or white strands (you will see an example of this towards the middle of this post).  If you do see this cancerous matter you will need to apply a second application to this area in order to fully expel the rest of the cancer.  You can do this right away (not recommended as it is very painful to apply salve to an open wound!), or you can allow the wound to heal up a bit and then apply.  If the area looks clear, then you can continue to spay with Colloidal Silver, or apply healing balm, coconut oil, or vitamin E oil (which may also help with scarring) along with a clean bandage until the wound has completely healed over.

Before using black salve:

  • Educate yourself about this entire process before using black salve for any reason
  • It is recommended that you find a knowledgeable individual to guide you through this process, and have a reliable support system available to assist you- – whether this is a friend or family member who is capable of keeping you focused or providing care for you if you cannot take care of things yourself, and then join an internet support group with experienced users to help with any questions or provide guidance should that be needed.
  • Only a small amount of black salve is needed and is only applied directly over the suspected area of cancer.  Exfoliating the skin beforehand can help get the initial process going.
  • Implement caution when applying black salve to areas where the cartilage and/or skin is much thinner than others such as the nose, ears, and cheeks.  Applying a large area of salve over these areas has the potential of creating a large eschar that could leave a permanent opening behind after it falls off.
  • Black salve extraction is very painful.  You may find that you are unable to work during this time, and depending on the location of the suspected lesion, it may be unsightly to be out in public during this process. I have listed a few natural pain remedies that may provide some relief towards the bottom of this post.
  • It is essential that the eschar be allowed to fall away on it own and not be subjected to any type of early removal which would leave behind cancerous tissue. Sometimes the eschar falls away too early and a second application is needed to complete the process.  See the photos below for an example of this.
  • Black salve extraction can take up to 3 weeks or more depending on the location and type of condition that you are dealing with. In the case of Bill Trucks (who is pictured below) it took seven weeks to remove his liver/pancreatic/kidney cancer with the salve and then another 2-3 months for his wound to fully heal.
  • Do not apply the salve continually over the same spot in a manner that creates a cavernous hole in the breast (or other area) as this will not heal properly and you may be left with a wound that does not close. This can happen after repeatedly applying the salve to the same area with the hope of drawing out a large tumor that may be deep within the breast. The salve should be applied with the goal of drawing the tumor outward to become part of the eschar that will form at or near the surface of the skin (see photos below). If you are dealing with a large tumor that is not near the surface of the skin you will need to address this situation in an internal manner. This might include using bloodroot capsules along with diet changes, supplements, detoxing protocols, and other cancer fighting therapies, and then perhaps black salve can be applied at a later time. To add to this, it is normal for the salve to burrow into the skin somewhat during the processes. It is not normal when you apply the salve in a manner that begins to create a deep wound.  You will need to stop with the repeated applications and give this time to heal up.
  • Do not apply turmeric powder to your open wound as I have seen others suggest.  It is not sterile, and you want to have the natural healing processes take over in order to heal the wound.  You can support the healing process with ointments, essential oils, and colloidal silver, but not with turmeric powder. Great for internal use though!  You can read more about the benefits of turmeric/curcumin with this post. 
  • You will most likely be left with a scar in the area where black salve was applied as can be seen in some of the postings below.
  • Finally, this process should not be taken lightly, and you should become fully informed before proceeding with using black salve for any reason.
  • Join the Facebook group that I have linked below and study the photos so you can see what the experiences have been for others and how they were able to handle any problems.  Ask questions in advance so that you know how to proceed.  

Those who should NOT use black salve for any reason:

Do not apply black salve to a fungating tumor.

  • Do not apply black salve to a fungating tumor as it will not work. This is a tumor that has broken through the skin contains necrotic tissue, pus drainage, an unpleasant smell, and it may have the appearance of cauliflower or have a fungal appearance.  These types of tumors will quickly grow out of control after black salve is applied, almost as if they become angry and explosive in their growth and can easily double in size within a short period of time. Look instead at addressing this situation in an internal manner. This might include black salve capsules along with diet changes, supplements, detoxing protocols and other cancer fighting therapies.
  • Those with diabetes or poor circulation should not use black salve for any purpose

Some ideas for natural pain relief

  • People who have used black salve report experiencing significant pain accompanied by a pulling-type of sensation that occurs around the area as well.  You will need an effective form of pain relief during this process. Here are some ideas that may help with that.
  • A DMSO and clove topical pain relief product.
  • Make your own DMSO/Clove mixture:   2/3 cup of DMSO – Dimethyl sulfoxide liquid mixed with 1/3 cup of distilled water.  Add 30 crushed cloves and allow this mixture to sit in a mason jar for at least one week.  Strain out the cloves and you can use this mixture as a pain relief liquid that can be applied topically with a cotton ball to areas of concern.
  • Some people have found that using an Ant Venom Tincture works very well for pain relief
  • Read more ideas for natural pain remedies

Black salve and bloodroot capsules are available online

Care must be taken when purchasing black salve products online as some are not effective or are just plain caustic and will not eliminate tumors. I have added links to two vendors at the bottom of the page because of positive feedback I have received from people who have used these salves and found them to be effective.  This websites also offer support to those who use their product.

Bloodroot Capsules

Bloodroot Capsules- are said to be a better choice for someone who is dealing with a larger tumor, internal tumor, or for a systemic condition that the salve may not be able to reach, although they may not be effective for every situation. People have reported good results by taking 6-9 capsules per day that are taken in divided doses, with your meals.  The dosage should start with one capsule and then slowly increase incrementally. Taking a break period from bloodroot capsules and then restarting is also recommended.  You can find purchase information for bloodroot capsules along with suggested protocols available on the Zenith Herbal website.

It is imperative that one follows an anti-cancer diet and lifestyle protocol to achieve long term success-  It should also be noted that detoxing the body, implementing an anticancer diet protocol, and addressing nutritional deficiencies should also coincide or immediately follow this treatment to help prevent a future recurrence.  You will find further notes on both of these subjects throughout this blog and I have added a few links at the bottom of this post to get you started.

Testimonials of Using Black Salve

For Skin Cancer

Jim healed melanoma with black salve

Jim used black salve to treat melanoma skin cancer

Click on the photo or use this link to read about how Jim used black salve, diet changes and detoxing therapies for melanoma


This video depict the extraction of a melanoma


Robyn Openshaw shares her experience of using black salve for skin cancer

Breast Cancer:

Di Georgiou- Breast Cancer black salve

Di Georgiou removed 2 breast tumors with black salve

Click on the picture or use this link to read Di’s testimonial of using black salve, Essiac tea and diet changes for breast cancer



Veronique Desaulniers removed a breast tumor with black salve

Click the picture or use this link to read how Veronique Desaulniers used black salve and natural therapies for breast cancer.


ann devlin black salve

Ann Devlin removes 4 tumors from her breast with black salve. Click on the photo to read her testimonial.

Click on the photo or use this link to read Ann Devlin’s experience of using black salve for a breast tumor


Liver/ Pancreatic Cancer:


Bill Trucks removed pancreatic/liver cancer with black salve

Click on the picture above or use this link to read Bill Trucks testimonial of using black salve for his liver cancer that had metastasized to his pancreas and kidney.


This is an example of when the eschar falls off too early and a second application is necessary. Allowing a short period of healing between the resalving is recommended as it is extremely painful.

still cancerous

This person reported that the first eschar fell off after 14 days revealing a large area of white underneath. It was obvious that there was still more cancer to come out so a second application was applied that same day.

second resalve

Day 7 of the second application. This was a very painful time for this person.  The eschar was very active as it continued to work on the cancer.

clean wound

Day 22, a very large eschar fell away revealing a clean pink wound that healed up very well and left minimal scarring.


Black Salve Resources:

Zenith Herbals for quality black salve and bloodroot capsules

Herb Healers for ant venom pain relieving tincture that can be applied topically

Herb Healers for black salve products

Join a discussion group for black salve, you need a Facebook account in order to request to join.

Read over this pdf on black salve treatment

Read the introduction to Cancer Salves, by Ingrid Naiman

Options for those who do not want to use black salve for skin lesions

Curaderm- for non-melanoma skin cancers

B17/DMSO Cream for non-melanoma skin cancers


Combine this therapy with a healing diet and lifestyle changes

Cancer is a wake up call which needs to be addressed on multiple fronts.   It is the result of an overly toxic body with an overwhelmed and collapsed immune system due to eating nutritionally depleted diets and having poor lifestyle habits.  Research an anticancer diet, adding supplements, detoxing the body, and making lifestyle changes so you can address a cancerous situation with a multifaceted approach.

Read more about an anticancer diet
Cancer cannot survive in an alkaline oxygenated environment
Read more about an alkaline diet
Read about sugar and cancer
Various detox therapies



Victims of the chemotherapeutic cream know as Aldara for melanoma skin cancers speak out





Zenith Herbal for Bloodroot Salve and Capsules and pain relief products


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