Uses and Benefits of Dragon's Blood
The Dragon's Blood known to the ancient Romans was mostly collected from Dracaena Cinnabari, and is mentioned in the 1st century Periplus (30: 10. 17) as one of the products of Socotra. Socotra had been an important trading centre since at least the time of the Ptolemies. Dragon's Blood was used as a dye, painting pigment, and medicine (respiratory and gastrointestinal problems) in the Mediterranean basin, and was held by early Greeks, Romans, and Arabs to have medicinal properties. Dioscorides and other early Greek writers described its medicinal uses.
Local Uses on Socotra
Locals on Socotra island use the Dracaena resin as a sort of cure-all, using it for such things as general wound healing, a coagulant (though this is ill-advised with commercial products, as the Daemonorops species acts as an anti-coagulant, and it is usually unknown what species the dragon's blood came from), curing diarrhea, lowering fevers, dysentery diseases, taken internally for ulcers in the mouth, throat, intestines and stomach, as well as an antiviral for respiratory viruses, stomach viruses and for skin disorders such as eczema. It was also used in medieval ritual magic and alchemy.
Varnish for Violins, Incense Resin, and Body Oil
Dragon's Blood of both Dracaena Draco (commonly referred to as the Draconis Palm) and Dracaena Cinnabari were used as a source of varnish for 18th century Italian violinmakers. There was also an 18th-century recipe for toothpaste that contained Dragon's Blood. In modern times it is still used as a varnish for violins, in photoengraving, as an incense resin, and as a body oil.
Uses in India and China
Dragon's Blood from both Daemonorops and Dracaena resin were used for ceremonies in India but more often Daemonorops resin was used in China as red varnish for wooden furniture. It was also used to colour the surface of writing paper for banners and posters, used especially for weddings and for Chinese New Year.
American Hoodoo, Folk Magic, and Spiritual Cleansing
In American Hoodoo, African-American folk magic, and New Orleans voodoo, Dragon's Blood is used in mojo hands for money-drawing or love-drawing, and is used as incense to cleanse a space of negative entities or influences. It is also added to red ink to make "Dragon's Blood Ink", which is used to inscribe magical seals and talismans.
Alternative or Folk Medicine
In folk medicine, Dragon's Blood is used externally as a wash to promote healing of wounds and to stop bleeding. It is used internally for chest pains, post-partum bleeding, internal traumas and menstrual irregularities.
Magic, Witchcraft, Neo Paganism, Shamanism
In neopagan Witchcraft, it is used to increase the potency of spells for protection, love, banishing and sexuality. In New Age shamanism it is used in ceremonies in a similar way as the neopagans use it.
Modern Uses and Benefits of Dragon's Blood
The chemical composition of the different Dragon's Blood resins vary as do their traditional therapeutic applications in local folk medicine. The (TRUE) Dragon's Blood of Dracaena Cinnabari from Socotra is used in traditional medicine as a wound healer, styptic and coagulant, to treat diarrhoea, dysentery, ulcers of the mouth and the GI tract, as an antiviral and a treatment for eczema.
Traditional applications in the West for Dracaena Cinnabari resin include its use as a pigment and dye and as a durable lacquer used specifically to lend a deep red finish to violins
Perhaps the most familiar use for Socotra Dragon's Blood nowadays is as the main ingredient of a deep and permanent blood-red ink and as a potent incense material for ritual and ceremony.
At first inhalation, the fresh resin of Dracaena Cinnabari has no scent of its own. This is due to its high proportion of resin and lack of essential oil.
However, once a small piece is laid on the hot coal as incense, the presence and personality of Dracaena Cinnabari expands to fill the room.
Its scent is deep. Rich. Sensuous. A dark deep Amber with a smooth warm nuttiness that is both calming and stimulating. It delivers hints of Red Sea breezes and perfumed summer nights. Only a little bit of this resin is needed to transform a space.
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