What sounds like a magical potion is actually the blood-red resin of a tree called Croton Lechleri which belongs to the species of Dracanea or Dragon trees.
The plant resin has been used for thousands of years for distinct purposes. There are records of its use among the ancient Greeks and Romans and in India, China, and the Middle East.
Apart from its uses in medicine, it’s also been used as a dye, paint, incense, or for spiritual purposes. It has a strong, somewhat sweet fragrance, not unlike vanilla and spices.
Spanish explorer and naturalist, P. Bernabe Cobo, recorded the use of sangre de grado (Spanish for “blood of the dragon”) after he saw indigenous tribes all over Mexico, Peru and Ecuador using the sap of the dragon tree in the 1600s. To this day, resin and bark from the Croton lechleri (a type of dragon tree) are used in traditional medicine in South America and China.
Studies are demonstrating Dragon’s Blood ability to help with a variety of health concerns in humans including wound healing, diarrhea, and ulcers.
This red resin is also being studied for its potential use as a natural food preservative and even as an anticancer treatment.
New findings in beauty are always exhilarating, but there’s something especially satisfying about discovering a new use for an ancient ingredient.
So what are the functions of Dragon’s Blood in skincare formulas?
It has strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Making it an ideal addition to rejuvenating products but also for anti-acne creams or helping with infected areas on your skin.
Dragon’s blood seems to be an especially popular choice for skin that been compromised by sun exposure, too much exfoliation, or just generally, skin that needs to have inflammation calmed down.
We use Dragon’s Blood in our Divine Ambrosia essence for rejuvenation and its anti-inflammatory properties.