Dragon’s Blood is a tree sap or resin that is secreted from the Daemonorops draco and Croton lechleri, to name a few. Dragon’s Blood is produced from many species of trees, making its true origin unknown. Some sources believe that it is native to Southeast Asia, although it appears in a variety of tropical and subtropical climates. These rattan palm trees have a long history of use for both the bark and the resin.
The Romans, Greeks, and others it a byproduct of Dracaena cinnabari, the cinnabar tree, found on an island in the Indian Ocean.
Dragon’s Blood is referenced as early as the 16th century by the Spanish explorer, P. Bernabe Cobo. He observed that the indigenous tribes of Peru and Ecuador valued this sap for its medicinal properties. Throughout South America, these tribes used it internally and externally to stop bleeding, help heal wounds, and treat intestinal problems.
In modern times, Dragon’s blood, called both Sangre de Drago and Sangre de Grado is used throughout the Amazon Rainforest and throughout South America. It is considered the primary topical aid for most skin irritations and inflammations. Cuts, bites, burns, stings, rashes, abrasions, sores, and wounds and skin insults of all kinds benefit from application of the healing red latex of this tree.
To obtain Dragon’s blood, it is necessary to cut into the bark of the tree at a diagonal, deeply enough that the blood-like sap will flow. A cup is affixed to the tree at the bottom end of the slash, and the sap collects in the cup