So in my last blog on My Plant Medicine Initiation I took you on my journey into the jungle and shared how I got started with my plant medicine work that you can check it out HERE.
And today I'm sharing about the many Benefits of Dragons Blood from the Croton lechleri tree in Peru.
Out of the 12 sacred medicines I worked with in the Amazon jungle during my studies with the Shipibo people, there was one plant in particular that stood out beyond the others. This plant was Sangre de Grado, the Spanish phrase for Blood of the Dragon.
Dragon’s Blood, or Croton lechleri is a tree that grows in the Amazon jungle. Its outstretching branches resemble root structures and it’s branches the head of a dragon, but what it’s most famously known for is its tree sap which looks like blood!
When the tree is cut, its sap begins to drip and bleed like a wound and was historically believed to be the ancient spirit of dragons who’d died in combat. This evergreen species, which is part of the Asparagaceae family, can be found in many regions of the world including the Canary Islands, Peru, Equator, Bolivia, Columbia, Arabia, and Africa. Dracaena cinnabari, one of the many species of the Dragon Blood tree fruits crimson berries coated in a thick resin, filled with the sap of the dragon. This species creates the popular dragon’s blood resin used in Dragon’s Blood incense.
The species Croton lechleri was the tree with which I fell quickly in love with in the Amazon jungle. I loved it because within one treatment I released so much stuck, toxic energy that I felt like I’d released layers of blockages from my body, mind and spirit. I remember my digestion improved, my eyesight brightened, and my mental fog and depression instantly lifted.
In the jungle the shamans spoke about Sangre de Grado as a multi purpose healing plant. They primarily used Dragon’s Blood for its intestinal cleansing abilities, for its ability to purge unwanted parasites and bring the body’s ecosystem back into balance. They taught me the value of using the blood colored sap to heal scars, cuts, and skin discoloration, but later learned that the deeply healing sap could also be used to treat cancerous sores, athlete’s foot, and other internal and external maladies.
After I left the jungle and began researching the health benefits of this amazing tree I was blown away to learn exactly how many curative benefits this plant provided. I was amazed to discover just how highly medicinal this plant really is!
I learned that drinking the medicinal sap could cure all sorts of stomach issues, balance Candida gut issues and boost collagen growth. It’s an effective treatment for Crohn’s Disease, leaky gut, minimizing wrinkles and healing bacterial infections, just to name a few. A derivative made from the Croton lechleri plant has even been FDA approved for treating gastric ulcers in HIV patients undergoing antiretroviral therapy.
And best of all it is non-toxic and you can’t O.D. on it (although taking it to relieve parasites definitely makes you feel nauseous because you’re killing all the parasitic critters leaching off your life force)!
Dragon’s Blood is also super high (like ridiculously high) in antioxidants, clocking in at 2,897,110 units per 100 grams. That’s 2.8 Billion units on the ORAC scale! The ORAC scale (or Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) compares levels of antioxidants in certain foods to determine their antioxidant levels. Compare that to pomegranates at 10,500 units or Acai berries at 18,400 units per 100g. Dragon’s blood is one powerful medicine!
So let’s talk benefits…
What’s Dragon’s Blood good for anyway?
Used topically, Dragon’s Blood is:
Anti-septic, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial
Cleans and heals wounds rapidly by helping the body to produce more collagen to cover and heal the wound quickly (like a natural band-aid)
Heals fungal infections (athlete’s foot, Candida causing rashes)
Decreases fine lines and wrinkles
Boosts collagen and gives skin a more youthful appearance
Heals scars and lessens their appearance
Prevents Herpes 1 and 2 breakouts if used in the onset of developing lesions
Inhibits the growth of skin cancer cells in studies treating melanoma
Used internally Dragon’s Blood is:
May be Anti-cancerous (based on cited scientific research below)
Shrinks tumor growth
Protects the body from radiation (great for travel)
Increases blood flow to the brain and protects the body from neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Disease
Heals the gut lining, stomach ulcers, Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
May help prevent diabetes by inhibiting the absorption of carbohydrates and sugars in the digestive tract
Builds bone strength and bone mineralization
Supports immune system function
Heals receding gum lines
Something else I noticed after years of working with Dragon’s Blood is that it has
the ability to clear the patient of energetic blockages just as easily as it clears out physical toxins when done in a traditional, ceremonial way.
In my next blog post I’m going to share exactly how I work with this medicine to expel negative spirits, depression and other unwanted energetic blockages and how you can tap into this tree’s multitude of healing properties too!
Kristen Von Foxx
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Where did I find my research? Here's the articles and scientific studies I cited:
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“WHAT IS DRAGON'S BLOOD?” BLACKBIRD,
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