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 plant, which is also known as bloodroot.


Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis)

The salve is used by applying it 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 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 begin to form into the eschar that will slowly emerge and detach itself.  The process usually begins with tingling, followed by redness at the site of application, and then the development of the eschar which will happen over a period of a few days or weeks until it is finally expelled from the body.  This entire process usually takes about three to four 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 preferably to the edges of the lesion. It is also important to keep the salve from drying out following the application. One way to do this is to cover the salve with a bandage that has a bit of coconut oil on it.  The salve can be rinsed off after 24 hours and you can inspect the area for a reaction, or you can leave it on and it will become part of the eschar if there is a reaction.

An eschar has formed.

Caring for the eschar– The bandages should be changed regularly as some people report having a significant amount of drainage during the extraction process.   You can use a light spray of Colloidal Silver to help keep the area sterile, a small amount of coconut oil to moisten the bandage so the eschar does not stick to it and come off prematurely, and you can apply a a homemade DMSO / Clove Tincture (recipe below) 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 to get the job done.

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 bottom 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.  Although some people may choose to do this right away, it is highly recommended to allow the skin to heal up first so that you avoid trauma to the area.

If the area looks clear, then you can continue to spray with Colloidal Silver, and use essential oils to soothe and provide pain relief, and vitamin E oil which can assist with healing process and help minimize scarring. Essential oils are antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and can promote healing . You can read more about essential oils with this link.

It is imperative that one follows an anti-cancer diet and lifestyle protocol to achieve long-term success-  cancer is a systemic disease, therefore it needs to be addressed in a comprehensive way.  Black salve is only one part of your overall healing program that should included an anticancer diet and lifestyle program that promotes good health.  You will find further notes on these subjects throughout this blog and I have added a few links at the bottom of this post to get you started.

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 with questions- – 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.
  • Do only one area at a time as you don’t want to overwhelm your immune system’s ability to respond.
  • Clean and dry the suspected area thoroughly before applying black salve. Rubbing alcohol and a a cotton ball works well for this.
  • Exfoliating, scratch or lightly prick the skin with a sterile needle beforehand to help get the initial process going.  If you don’t have an initial reaction you should exfoliate again and reapply salve just to be sure. Sterilize the area again with rubbing alcohol before proceeding with the salve.
  • The black salve is to be applied directly over the suspected area of cancer, all the way to the edges of the lesion. It doesn’t need to be thick, but just enough to cover the area.
  • 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.
  • Keep the area covered with a bandage. This helps to keep the eschar from being bumped or disturbed in any way that may cause it to come away too early and it also helps to keep debris away from the forming wound.
  • Putting a small amount of coconut oil on the bandage will also keep the eschar from sticking to it and pulling away too early during bandage changes.
  • 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 will fall away too early and a second application is needed to complete the process.  It is best not to apply black salve to an open wound, but to allow the skin to heal up before you attempt a second round. This is due to the pain and additional trauma that would be caused to the site which I have heard described as unbearable. You will not experience this type of pain when applying salve to an area that has healed over.  See the photos below for an example of when another salving is needed.
  • Sometimes an initial reaction stalls or stops and an additional application may be needed to get the process going again. If this happens you can apply new salve over the already forming eschar.
  • Black salve extraction can take up to 3 weeks or more depending on the location and type of condition that you are dealing with.
  • Black salve extraction can be painful depending on what you are dealing with.  You may find that you are unable to work during this time, and depending on the location of the suspected lesion. I have listed a few natural pain remedies that may provide some relief towards the bottom of this post.
  • Do not apply the salve continually over the same spot in a manner that begins to create a deep 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 properly. This can happen after multiple applications and eschar removals over the same area with the hopes 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 find that you are reaching into a “hole” to apply more salve, then you may need to rethink your strategy.  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.
  • 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 properly.  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 and contains necrotic tissue, pus or drainage, it may have an unpleasant smell, or it may look like the head of cauliflower or have a fungal-looking 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 can include black salve capsules that can attack the tumor internally, 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 pain accompanied by a pulling-type of sensation that occurs around the area as well.  You should plan on having an effective form of pain relief during this process. Here are some ideas that may help with that.

  • A DMSO and clove mixture can be made with 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 use this mixture as a pain relief liquid by applying topically with a cotton ball to areas of concern.
  • 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 inks to the Zenith Herbal website because of positive feedback that I have received from people who have used their products and I have also purchased from them as well.  Their website offers detailed support along with a link to a Facebook Support Group so you can communicate with others who are using black salve.

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 capsules 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.

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

Robyn Openshaw shares her experience of using black salve to remove a skin cancer

Randall removes a basal cell carcinoma with black salve treatment.

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

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.

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:

Read over this pdf on black salve treatment

Read the introduction to Cancer Salves, by Ingrid Naiman

Read more about essential oils

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

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