Dragon’s Blood is as important as it is common in South American indigenous medicine. A must have for every home as a popular remedy for healing and rejuvenating the skin!  While Dragon’s Blood is viscous and blood-red, it is the pure exuded sap of a tropical tree rather than the blood of an exsanguinate mythical creature. Of course, seeing a tree “bleed” red sap is mythic in its own right.

Known in Spanish as  Sangre de Drago,  the name may be literally translated as “blood of the dragon tree” as well as the more familiar “dragon’s blood.” Medicinal red sap is derived from a number of new world trees in the genus Croton, growing right here in the jungles of Costa Rica (Targuá)!

Dragon’s Blood sap is a rich, complex source of phytochemicals including alkaloids and procyanidins (condensed tannins). Internally, it is an important remedy for gastro-intestinal issues.  

 One of the primary anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-tumorous alkaloids in dragon’s blood is taspine, which helps facilitate healing through the formation of scar tissue. In the mid-’90s, this was demonstrated by a group of Belgian researchers who found that skin wounds treated with this medicine healed four times faster than wounds treated with a single chemical that had been isolated from the resin and 10 to 20 times faster than wounds that went untreated.