Be careful with the dragon’s blood plant because it can be mistaken for poison hemlock. Both plants have unpleasant smells and very similar leaves. However, the dragon’s blood plant is easy to identify because of its rose-colored flowers and its dried fruits, which are lamp-shaped.
Healing Properties and Uses
The entire plant contains a bitter substance (geranium), an essential oil that gives the plant its typical aroma. It also has essential amounts of tannin, which determines its astringent action. It has astringent, diuretic, and blood-thinning properties and acts as a mild hypoglycemic when used internally. It is used in cases of diarrhea, edema (liquid retention), and as a complement in a diabetic diet.
- Eye afflictions: eye irritation, eye drainage, conjunctivitis.
- Mouth afflictions: stomatitis, pharyngitis, gingivitis.
- Skin eruptions: herpes, shingles, eczemas, and skin inflammations.
Dragon’s Blood Plant Scientific Facts
- Other names: Herb Robert, storkbill, wild crane’s bill.
- French: Herbe a Roberto.
- Spanish: Hierba de San Roberto.
- Environment: It usually grows in shady places along walls, forest, and slope edges all over Europe and North America.
- Description: Herbaceous plant of the family of the Geraniaceae, growing from 20 to 60 cm high. The whole plant has a reddish color, with a typically unpleasant smell. Its flowers are pink and appear in pairs.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally: The entire plant.
How to use Dragon’s Blood
- Decoction with 20 g of plant per liter of water, drinking three or four cups a day.
- Essence. The usual dose is two to four drops, three times a day.
- Eye and mouth rinse with a decoction of 40 g of plant per liter of water.
- Compresses with the same decoction (40 g per liter).
REFERENCES George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. Vols. 1 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 137. Print. [dragon’s blood plant]