Dragon Blood: Sangre de Drago, Sangre de Grado
In the Amazon region of Peru, Ecuador and Brazil, in the tropical forests, is the Dragon Blood (Croton lechleri) tree. The healing power of its latex is well known since ancient times by the native inhabitants. The first written reference on its medicinal uses dates back to the seventeenth century. It was documented by the Spanish naturalist Bernabé Cobo: “Then I saw that the Indians use the latex to seal wounds of the skin.”
Dragon Blood speeds up the healing of cuts and infections. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties thus serving as a first aid treatment of insect bites, acne, burns and hemorrhoids. Its healing quality can be due to the high content of the alkaloid taspine, and its antiviral properties due to the presence of antiviral compound SP-303.
As an anti-inflammatory, indigenous people use Dragon Blood to treat stomach ulcers, chronic gastritis, cirrhosis of the liver and internal injuries. They say it repairs the gastrointestinal mucosa through its alkalinizing quality. Normally one uses it by dissolving three drops in water three times a day.
Our Dragon Blood is 100% pure and natural.
Dragoon Blood Description
Dragon Blood or Sangre de Grado, belongs to the Euphorbiaceae Spurge family. It is a medium-sized to large tree that grows from 10-20 meters high in the upper Amazon region of Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. Although tall, the trunk is usually less than 30 cm in diameter and has smooth, mottled bark. It has large, heart-shaped, bright-green leaves and unique, greenish-white flowers on long stalks. When they cut the tree trunk a dark red, sappy resin oozes out as if the tree is bleeding, earning this local name. The genus Croton is a large one. It has 750 species of trees and shrubs distributed across the tropical and subtropical regions of both hemispheres. Crotons are rich in active alkaloids, and several species are well-known medicinal plants with use as purgatives and tonics.
Members of the Huni Kuin tribe harvest our Dragon Blood in the Tarauaca region of Acre state in Brazil.
This plant has contraindications in pregnancy, lactation and for children under 12 years due to its high content of alkaloids
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