Dragon's Blood: Simple Guide to it's Uses, Benefits & Side Effects
What is Dragon's Blood?
Dragon's blood is a natural plant resin that originates from the sap of a family of tropical trees known as 'Dragon Trees'. Its name stems from it's rich and dark red colour.
Dracaena draco, dracaena cinnabari and dracaena cochinchinensis are just a few of the "dragon trees" that can be sources of dragon's blood extract.
Outside of the Dracaena family, Deamonorops, Pterocarpus and Croton are also sources of dragon's blood resin.
Dragon's blood has been used for a variety of purposes for millennia.
Evidence of its use has been found in the Middle East, China, India, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, dating back for thousands of years.
It was thought by these different people's to have a range of medicinal effects, but the benefits of the plant are only really beginning to be understood on a scientific level in recent years.
Outside of health and skincare benefits, it has a variety of spiritual and 'magical' applications and can also be used as dye or colouring due to its strong crimson colour.
But what is dragon's blood most commonly used for today, and why is it all over the media recently?
Let's take a look and see whether it's truly the next step in skincare or if it's just another fad: