A pure natural resin extracted from the sangre de grado tree (Croton lechleri) which is also called "dragon's blood." Sangre de grado resin is a storehouse of plant chemicals including proanthocya nidins (antioxidants), simple phenols, diterpenes, phytosterols, and biologically active alkaloids and lignans. Scientists have attributed many of the biologically active properties of the resin to two main "active" constituents: an alkaloid named taspine, and a lignan named dimethylcedrusine.* This natural resin has long been used as a wound healer, as well as for cancer and diarrhea.*For more complete information on this powerful plant of the rainforest, please see the Plant Database File on Sangre de Grado. More information can also be found in the new Antimicrobial Guide. To see pictures of sangre de grado, click here.
Traditional Uses:* to stop bleeding and to seal, and heal wounds, burns, cuts, tooth extractions; for herpes virus ulcers (taken internally and applied topically); for skin fungi, rashes, and dermatitis; for insect bites, poison ivy and other itchy or allergic skin reactions; for stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, dysentery and diarrhea
Suggested Use: Take 15 drops in water 1-2 times daily. Use topically by applying liberally to affected area of skin. Avoid contact with eyes.
Contraindications: Not to be used during pregnancy or breast-feeding.
Drug Interactions: None known.
Other Observations: Will stain clothing and other textiles.