Deep in the Amazon, a tree grows with powerfully healing, blood red sap running through its veins. This sap which has been used for its many medicinal properties since ancient times is now commonly known as Dragons Blood. Dragon’s Blood (also known as Sangre de Grado), is a wild crafted resin that comes from the Croton Uechleri trees found in the Amazon Rainforest of South America. The heart shaped leaves and the blood-like red sap speak to the abilities of this beautiful tree to heal wounds and cleanse the blood. The Flowers found high in the branches resemble the dragon’s head, thus the interesting name, as well as a symbol of its fierce healing ability.
Throughout history, Dragons Blood has played many roles: In some cultures, the resin was used as a form of currency. Mystically, Dragons Blood was used in many pagan rituals to enhance protection, love, sexuality, evocation. Dragon’s Blood sap also served as a dye that was used in varnishes, plaster and color dye for clothing and arts. It was also used for embalming.
However, its primary use has always been for its medicinal and healing properties. Dragons Blood is rich in taspine, an alkaloid, known for its tissue and skin regeneration properties, which quickly stops bleeding and seals wounds. Several recent studies have found that the Sangro de Grado is the most powerful antioxidant ever found in nature containing over 90% proanthocyanidins, an extremely powerful antioxidant that is also found in grape seeds.
Dragons Blood is used internally and externally to stop bleeding, help heal wounds, and treat intestinal problems.
Medical research of Croton Uechleri has found that it contains anti-tumor and anti-bacterial properties. It has also been found to support digestive and intestinal health and can even stop bleeding ulcers.
A few drops applied directly to the skin reduces infection and swelling due to rashes or acne. It minimizes scarring and lightens sun spots and will even shrink and lighten dark moles and skin tags.
Dragons Blood is actually referred to as the “liquid bandage” in the Amazon due to its extraordinary healing capabilities. When applied to wounds, bites, burns or rashes it will actually create a “second skin” which protects the injured skin, giving it time to heal without further insult or contamination. This liquid bandage stops bleeding, disinfects and hastens healing. Several laboratory studies show that the sap is also useful in treating eczema.
People in South America and around the world use the sap from this amazing tree in traditional medical treatments. In Peru, it is used topically to treat hemorrhages and heal injuries, bites, cuts, rashes and other skin conditions. It is also taken internally for ulcers and viral infections in the upper respiratory tract.
We always keep a few bottles of dragons blood handy at home for any cuts or wounds and I use it frequently to heal pimples and eczema.