Dragon's Blood Resin
Dragon’s blood is a natural plant resin. It’s dark red in color, which is part of what gives dragon’s blood its name.
The resin is extracted from many different tropical tree species commonly called dragon trees. These may come from the plant groups Croton,Pterocarpus, Daemonorops, or Dracaena.
The plant resin has been used for thousands of years for distinct purposes. There are records of its use among the ancient Greeks and Romans and in India, China, and the Middle East.
Some of its uses are for health. It’s also been used as dye, paint, incense, or for spiritual purposes. It has strong, somewhat sweet fragrance not unlike vanilla and spices.
Common uses of dragon’s blood have changed over time. Today, its most common use is for digestive health.
The plant resin was formerly ascribed cure-all properties, though this is not the case anymore. It was once thought to speed wound healing, and some healers used it for respiratory issues.
Dragon’s blood resin is a popular incense for ritual purposes. The resin burned as incense can be used for cleasing and exorcism of space, especially to rid a new space of the energies of the former occupants to make room for yours when you are preparing to move in (camphor increases its effectiveness here.).
Dragon’s blood can be burned during spells to increase courage and protect those going forth to meet danger (i.e. slay metaphorical dragons).
Dragon’s blood resin or incense may also be used in spells to encourage someone who has left to return.
Dragon’s blood oil is used to anoint candles for spells designed to draw money and luck and to increase personal power.
To use the fragrance in spellwork, the resin can be crushed and dissolved in oil which is then used to dress candles, or chunks of resin can be burned directly on coals or added to an incense stick or cone.