Discover the reality behind this curious substance whose name sounds straight out of a fairy tale!
Dragon's blood is a high-grade resin that is obtained from various plants. Its scientific name is Croton Lechleri.
This precious substance has been used for various purposes since ancient times. For example, it was used in medicine or for burning (similar to incense). Even today, this substance is still used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Producing the resin is very simple. The plant is cut on its stems or branches, and the precious resin drips out.
In ancient times it was believed that the burning of precious resin could banish evil, reverse negative effects and induce love and happiness. In fact, the resin, which is mainly known in South America, has various healing powers. It is used in cases of malaria, headaches, anaemia and more.
Dragon's Blood excellent cosmetic effects are also used against the appearance of wrinkles. Dragon's Blood forms a waterproof film on the skin that prevents the water contained in the skin from evaporating. It is recommended to protect the skin against free radicals and stretch marks without overburdening it. Croton Lechleri improves the skin tone and texture and alleviates damage caused by UVB rays.
In addition, the resin has anticoagulant properties so it can be used to treat wounds, eczema and other skin problems. The healing process is aided by the Taspine contained in the resin because it stimulates cell healing. In addition, Dragon's Blood contains proanthocyanidins. This term refers to a substance which greatly accelerates wound healing.
Even today, shamans in South America use the medicinal plants in magic rituals.
The chemical composition of Croton Lechleri is complex. It mainly includes proanthocyanidins, tannins, alkaloids and lignans. Dragon's Blood can be used both internally and externally. It is often prescribed to treat various ailments including dysentery, ulcers, cough and hives. Applied externally, it is used for cosmetic purposes to reduce itching from insect bites, inflammation of the oral cavity, herpes, haemorrhoids and rheumatism.