Tree That Bleeds Red Sap: The Dragon’s Blood Tree .

The Dragon’s Blood tree (Dracaena Cinnabari) is a rare type of tree originating in Socotra archipelago, a small group of four islands in the Indian Ocean. Also known as the “Galápagos of the Indian Ocean,” the group of islands is host to a number of fascinating species. 

Tree That Bleeds Red Sap: The Dragon’s Blood Tree .

Found in many surrounding areas, including mainland Yemen, the tree contains a marvelously red resin called Dragon’s Blood, which has been used for a variety of purposes throughout history. Starting in the first century AD, Dragon’s Blood was used as a dye and medicine to treat respiratory and gastrointestinal problems.

Tree That Bleeds Red Sap: The Dragon’s Blood Tree .
Later uses include a blood coagulant and treatments for diarrhea, fever, dysentery, ulcers in the mouth, throat, intestines and stomach, as well as an antiviral for respiratory viruses.

Tree That Bleeds Red Sap: The Dragon’s Blood Tree .
Dragon’s Blood also has a history in ritual magic and alchemy. Apparently Dragon’s Blood can increase the potency of neopagan witchcraft spells for protection, love, banishing, and se*uality.

Often touted as “red rock opium,” the resin is often sold as a narcotic, although its effects are mild at best when smoked.  

Tree That Bleeds Red Sap: The Dragon’s Blood Tree .
The bizarre shape of the blood tree helps it survive arid conditions and areas with limited soil. The shading helps the seedlings survive in the harsh environment.

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