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Other names: Dracorubin, Sanguis Draconis, Draconis Resina, Xue-Jie
Dragon’s Blood, as known in commerce, has several origins, the substance so named being contributed by widely differing species.
The product may come to market in beads, joined as if forming a necklace, and covered with leaves (Tear Dragon’s Blood), or in small, round sticks about 18 inches long, packed in leaves and strips of cane.
Other varieties are found in irregular lumps, or in a reddish powder. They are known as lump, stick, reed, tear, or saucer Dragon’s Blood.
Dragon’s Blood as an Herb for Medicinal Uses
The medicinal part is the red resin from the fruit, which is extracted from both Daemonorops draco and Daemonorops propinquis.
Doses of 10 to 30 grains of Dragon’s Blood were formerly given as an astringent in diarrhea, but officially it is no longer used internally, as it is now regarded as inert.
The following treatment is said to have cured cases of severe syphilis: Mix 2 drachms of Dragon’s Blood, 2 drachms of colocynth, 1/2 oz. of gamboge in a mortar, and add 3 gills of boiling water. Stir for an hour, while keeping hot. Allow to cool, and add while stirring a mixture of 2 ounces each sweet spirits of nitre and copaiba balsam.
The resin of Dragon’s Blood is used externally as a wash to promote healing and stop bleeding. Internally it is used for chest pains, post-partum bleeding, internal traumas, and menstrual irregularities.
Dragon’s Blood has also been used as an aphrodisiac (an agent for arousing or increasing sexual desire or potency).
Other Uses for Dragon’s Blood
Dragon’s Blood is used as a coloring matter for varnishes, toothpastes, tinctures, plasters, etc. It is very brittle, and breaks with an irregular, resinous fracture, is bright red and glossy inside, and darker red sometimes powdered with crimson, externally. Small, thin pieces are transparent.
Zum Rub Dragon’s Blood (available on Amazon) is the legendary, moisture-breathing Dragon’s Blood Rub. Apply this magical rub where your body needs it moist: Cracked heels, split cuticles, dry hands and elbows, and scaly skin.
This magical moisturizer is made with dragon’s blood infused organic sunflower oil which breathes new life into your skin with a deep-sinking spell that soothes and moisturizes dry, scaly skin.
Indeed, the tree was once regarded as a sacred site for the Guanche who are said to have assembled under it for ceremonies and meetings. These people who made shields from its bark and trunk and used its red dragon’s blood resin for embalming their dead. They regarded the Dragon Tree as holy and magical.
Aromatherapy. Dragons Blood HEM Incense (available on Amazon) sticks have a full scent (you don’t have to burn them to enjoy it) and when burned they last a long time. The scent lingers as well. Dragon’s Blood incense is deep and meditative, soothing and peaceful.
If you have not smelled dragon’s blood before, it’s similar to that of Myrrh and Frankincense. The resin scent may remind you a little of a Catholic mass service.
Culinary Uses of Dragon’s Blood
- Dragon fruit helps control levels of glucose blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes.
- Dragon fruit vitamin C is more easily absorbed than vitamin C from a pill supplement.
- Good source of dietary fiber.
- High in antioxidants.
In astrology the Dragon Tree is believed to be ruled over by Mars the god of war.
One theory as to where the Dragon Tree originated:
Greek myths relate the tale of Hercules and his heroic quest to bring back three golden apples from the Garden of the Hesperides. A hundred-headed dragon called Landon was the guardian of the place and after the hero killed it to reach the fruit, trees began to spring up from where its blood fell on the earth.
Dragon’s Blood should not be used internally without strict professional guidance.
Avoid when there is diarrhea with flatulence.
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