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Resin of the Week: Dragon’s Blood

February 1, 2012

So today I have for you not an herb of the week but a resin of the week. Today we will talk about dragon’s blood.
Dragon’s blood is a resin that comes from the Calamus Draco tree.

Calamus Draco

You can buy Dragon’s blood in liquid form, as a powder, or as a hard rock of resin.

Dragon's blood resin

powdered dragon's blood

I personally buy it in rock form, and then make my own liquid with it which I will be telling you how to do later in the post.
Magickal uses for dragon’s blood are love, protection, exorcism, and potency. On its own, when burned, it can dispel negativity. It can also be used to add a little extra oomph to any spell or magickal working. It is also used to make magickal inks which are especially used in oath making. It’s great as just incense as well for it smells great. Its planetary ruler is Mars and is associated with fire. Also if using rock dragon’s blood, freezing it makes it easier to pulverize if the need arises.
Medicinally, it can be used to treat wounds, cuts, and burns. Some say you may ingest it but I caution against this. There’s not much information available on the affects of it if it is taken internally.
As a fun little fact, dragon’s blood is also used to varnish violins which is what gives them their luscious red colorings.
How to make dragon’s blood oil:
Take you dragon’s blood and place in a sauce pan. Heat on the stove on medium until melted. Add a carrier oil to the liquid (I use almond oil), let cool a little and bottle. How much carrier oil you use is up to you and determines how diluted your oil will be.
Since we are talking about dragon’s blood, I am going to take this opportunity to talk about my favorite type of incense, Kyphi incense! Kyphi incense is blended incense which was used by ancient Egyptians. Below I am listing one of my favorite recipes for kyphi incense. This is quick and simple to make and smells heavenly.
Kyphi Incense
4 raisins or dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon frankincense
1 tablespoon red wine
1/2 teaspoon benzoin
1 teaspoon sandalwood
1/4 teaspoon myrrh
1/4 teaspoon juniper berries
1/4 teaspoon dragon’s blood
1/4 teaspoon orris root
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Soak the raisins in the red wine overnight.
Using a mortar and pestle, individually grind the sandalwood, juniper berries, orris root, and cinnamon. In a large wooden or ceramic bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.
Using a mortar and pestle, individually pulverize the frankincense, benzoin, myrrh, and dragon’s blood into small granules. Add the resins and gums to the powder mixture.
Drain the red wine from the raisins and mash the raisins or cranberries with the mortar and pestle. Add the raisins or cranberries and honey to the dough. Knead thoroughly with your hands, and then form the dough into pea-sized balls. Spread the balls out on wax paper and store them indoors away from direct sunlight and moisture. Turn the balls daily for one to two weeks, depending on the climate. Once they are dry, store your Kyphi balls in a sealed plastic bag or glass jar. Smolder the incense balls one or two at a time over charcoal.
This recipe was adapted from here
I hope you have enjoyed our fun adventure with kyphi incense and dragon’s blood and I hope to see you on more herbal adventures!

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