Get to Know Dragon’s Blood, or “Sangre de Grado”

Get to Know Dragon’s Blood, or “Sangre de Grado”

Hear the words “dragon” or “dragon’s blood” in any context, and your mind might automatically jump to Game of Thrones - but fret not about revenging armies or fireballs. We’re here to tell you about a much less sinister version of dragon’s blood. 

In fact, this dragon’s blood could even save your life. 

Dragon’s blood, or “sangre de grado” is a tree native to the Amazon region of South America. It’s poetic name stems from its bright red sap, which stands out vividly against the more stubbly, reptilian-looking bark. Both the tree’s bark and resin boast a long history of usage in traditional medicine. In fact, indigenous tribes throughout Peru and Ecuador have used its sap for centuries - and while they may have been the first to catch onto this miracle tree’s healing properties, they won’t be the last. Here are three ways that sangre de grado can cure just about anything that might be wrong with you:


  1. Because of its high concentration of Taspine - an alkaloid with anti-inflammatory properties - sangre de grado helps to accelerate the healing process of external wounds. We recommend you apply topically, as needed, by hand or cotton ball.
  2. When taken internally, dragon’s blood has been reported to be beneficial for stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. It’s chemical SP-303 was even approved by the FDA for the treatment of non-infectious diarrhea in 2013, as sangre de grado is most commonly used to treat gastrointestinal pain. To use, simply add 0.77 ml (~ about 30 drops) to 2 oz. of water or juice up to 2 or 3 times a day (between meals). Remember to shake well before using!
  3. It’s a natural astringent, and can be applied directly to the skin as a drying agent. If you ever happen to accidentally injure yourself while hiking through the Peruvian jungle, remember to keep an eye out for the sangre de grado tree. Cut the bark and watch a thick, red latex seep out. Apply to the wound and voilà, watch the blood flow disappear!


Our conclusion? Dragon’s blood = not dangerous. In fact, the opposite is true. It’s one of the world’s most powerful and naturally occurring healing agents.


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September 11, 2019 — Luna Sundara