Learn About The Health Benefits And Uses Of Dragons Blood Resin
Dragons Blood has been used for many centuries in various regions around the world. The resin available at Plant Essentials comes from the Daemomorops draco tree, which was formerly called the Calamus draco. The deep red Dragons Blood resin oozes out between the scales of the fruit. The resinous substance is separated from the fruit by steaming it or shaking it in a canvas bag. After collection it is cleaned and melted.
This substance also comes from other tree species and is used for many different purposes. It plays an important role in sacred rituals in India. Practitioners of hoodoo and voodoo use it to create a red ink used for drawing talismans and magical seals. In New Age shamanism and neopagan witchcraft, believers use it to enhance the potency of spells for banishing, sexuality, love, and protection.
Wood furniture makers in China use it to make a red varnish for their products. The resin was also a source for varnish used by Italian violin makers during the 1700s. People in modern day Italy still utilize it for that purpose and it also is found in body oil, incense, and used in photoengraving.
When burned in incense it has a strong spicy fragrance. It is burned often in cleansing rituals. Some churches blend it with frankincense before burning it.
It serves many different purposes in folk medicine. Externally it is applied to wounds to stop bleeding and help with healing. Internally it plays a role in regulating the menstrual cycle, healing internal trauma, stopping post-partum bleeding, and eliminating chest pain.
Studies have found that this substance is high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help the human body battle the effects of the natural aging process and help prevent disease, including cancer and heart disease. They eliminate chemical byproducts known as free radicals. Free radicals cause damage to cells in every part of the body and contribute to cell death.
People living throughout the Amazon rainforest refer to Dragons Blood as Sangre de Grado or Sangre de Drago. They apply it topically to cure bug bites, burns, rashes, abrasions, and cuts. It protects skin cells and reduces swelling and redness. It contains proanthocyanidins, which repair damaged collagen. It also contains taspine, a compound that aids in healing tissue. Its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties make it useful for treating all types of infectious skin conditions. Manufacturers of skin care products add it to lotions and creams.