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Dragon’s blood

This is a fairly new botanical ingredient used in the West – but has proven of great value, particularly in skin care products. It offers a host of benefits – including the ability to help fight acne, since it looks after the inflammation, discomfort and appearance of the skin.

Cosmetic benefits of dragon's blood dragons blood remove fight get rid of acne no more acne inflammation pimples

There are various well-documented benefits for using Dragon's blood in skin care preparations.

It should be kept in mind that a problem, or acne-riddled skin is in a state of inflammation - and to heal the skin a person needs to look at sorting out the inflammation.

The therapeutic properties of dragon's blood includes the following:

  • anesthetic
  • anti-allergic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antibacterial
  • anti-dysenteric
  • antifungal
  • anti-hemorrhagic (reduce bleeding)
  • anti-leukemia
  • antioxidant
  • antiseptic
  • anti-tumor
  • antiviral
  • neurasthenic (reduce nerve pain)
  • wound healing
  • analgesic (pain-reliever)
  • anti-cancerous
  • anti-itch
  • anti-ulcerous
  • astringent.

From the above it must be clear why this natural "wonder" ingredient has been included in acne fighting and problem skin products, as it has wonderfully anti-inflammatory qualities and has been proven to stimulate human skin fibroblast which in turns help to heal the skin.

It also has a protective action on the skin and coupled to the wonderful anti-bacterial properties make it a natural to be included in a product to fight acne.

Not withstanding the anti-bacterial effect on the skin, it also exhibits powerful anti-viral properties.

Apart from all these very positive qualities, Dragon's blood also has very good anti-oxidant properties, which also help to protect the DNA in the skin cell, which protects the skin from genetic alteration.

It also has a protective effect on the skin as it protects the skin from oxidative free radicals.

Another problem experienced by people suffering from problem or acne skin is the discomfort, pain and itching of the skin on a continual basis - and here dragon's blood helps to relieve the pain, itching, swelling and discomfort of the skin.

History of dragon's blood dragons blood remove fight get rid of acne no more acne inflammation pimples

This blood red sap harvested from the Croton lechleri tree has a very long history of use in traditional medicine in the Amazonian area.

The Indian and Mestizo population have always used dragon's blood to treat wounds, which accelerates the healing process.

The first written reference to dragon's blood dates back to 1600's, when the Spanish naturalist P. Bernabé Cobo wrote about the curative power of the sap.

The sap was painted on wounds to staunch bleeding, to accelerate healing, and to seal and protect injuries from infection. As the sap dries, it forms a barrier - much like a "second skin".

It is used by indigenous people to externally treat wounds, hemorrhoids and fractures.

Internally, it is used for stomach ulcers, as well as a douche for vaginal problems and discharge.

Furthermore, it is used for fevers and inflamed gums, vaginal baths - before and after childbirth, as well as hemorrhaging after childbirth - but most importantly to us - for skin disorders.

We use dragon's blood from a sustainable source - the trees are not felled for the sap, but the sap is harvested without harming the trees.

Compounds found in dragon's blood dragons blood remove fight get rid of acne no more acne inflammation pimples

The active ingredient that most people focus on in Dragon's blood is the Taspine contained in the sap. It in actual fact also contains a host of other ingredients, with Taspine actually being one of the minor ingredients.

An interesting point to note is that one of the other ingredients, SP-303 is under clinical investigation for its use in herpes lesions and a patent has been filed for this particular compound.

The list of compounds found in dragon's blood is rather impressive and includes the following:

  • alpha-calacorene
  • alpha-copaene
  • alpha-pinene
  • alpha-thujene
  • beta-caryophyllene
  • beta-elemene
  • beta-pinene
  • betaine
  • bincatriol
  • borneol
  • calamenene
  • camphene
  • catechins
  • cedrucine
  • crolechinic acid
  • cuparophenol
  • d-limonene
  • daucosterol
  • dihydrobenzofuran
  • dimethylcedrusine
  • dipentene
  • eugenol
  • euparophenol
  • gallocatechin
  • gamma-terpinene
  • gamma-terpineol
  • hardwickiic acid
  • isoboldine
  • korberin A & B
  • lignin
  • linalool
  • magnoflorine
  • methylthymol
  • myrcene
  • norisoboldine
  • p-cymene
  • proanthocyanidins
  • procyanidins
  • resin
  • tannin
  • taspine
  • terpinen-4-ol
  • vanillin.

Botany of dragons blood

Dragon's blood is the latex (tears), which form when the bark of the Croton lechleri tree (family: Euphorbiaceae) is cut. This dark sap is collected and is then marketed under the name "Dragon's blood".

Croton lechleri is a large tree that grows about 10 - 20 m high and is found in the upper Amazon region of Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.

It is a fairly thin tree with the trunk normally less than 30 cm in diameter. The bark is smooth and mottled colored and the leaves are large, heart-shaped and bright green. Greenish-white flowers are borne on long stalks.

The Peruvian name of this tree is "sangre de grado" literally meaning "blood of the dragon" and in Ecuador it is called "sangre de drago" - which has the same meaning.

Although Dragon's Blood is not a herb, but a botanical product we trust that our readers enjoyed reading about this very obscure ingredient.


  1. Jones K., Review of sangre de drago (Croton lechleri)--a South American tree sap in the treatment of diarrhea, inflammation, insect bites, viral infections, and wounds: traditional uses to clinical research. J Altern Complement Med. 2003 Dec;9(6):877-96.
  2. Rossi D, Bruni R, Bianchi N, Chiarabelli C, Gambari R, Medici A, Lista A, Paganetto G.,Evaluation of the mutagenic, antimutagenic and antiproliferative potential of Croton lechleri (Muell. Arg.) latex., Phytomedicine. 2003 Mar;10(2-3):139-44
  3. Williams JE., Review of antiviral and immunomodulating properties of plants of the Peruvian rainforest with a particular emphasis on Una de Gato and Sangre de Grado. Altern Med Rev. 2001 Dec;6(6):567-79.
  4. Desmarchelier C, Witting Schaus F, Coussio J, Cicca G., Effects of Sangre de Drago from Croton lechleri Muell.-Arg. on the production of active oxygen radicals., J Ethnopharmacol. 1997 Oct;58(2):103-8.
  5. Phillipson JD., A matter of some sensitivity., Phyto-chemistry. 1995 Apr;38(6):1319-43.
  6. Chen ZP, Cai Y, Phillipson JD., Studies on the anti-tumour, anti-bacterial, and wound-healing properties of dragon's blood., Planta Med. 1994 Dec;60(6):541-5.
  7. Pieters L, de Bruyne T, Claeys M, Vlietinck A, Calomme M, vanden Berghe D., Isolation of a dihydrobenzofuran lignan from South American dragon's blood (Croton spp.) as an inhibitor of cell proliferation. J Nat Prod. 1993 Jun;56(6):899-906.
  8. Vaisberg AJ, Milla M, Planas MC, Cordova JL, de Agusti ER, Ferreyra R, Mustiga MC, Carlin L, Hammond GB. Taspine is the cicatrizant principle in Sangre de Grado extracted from Croton lechleri. Planta Med. 1989 Apr;55(2):140-3.
  9. Perdue GP, Blomster RN, Blake DA, Farnsworth NR., South American plants II: taspine isolation and anti-inflammatory activity., J Pharm Sci. 1979 Jan;68(1):124-6.

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