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What is Dragon's Blood?


What is Dragon's Blood?

Some Pagan magical workings call for a resin known as Dragon's Blood.

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In many Pagan and Wiccan spell instructions, you’ll see a reference to an ingredient called Dragon’s Blood. Obviously, this is not the blood of real dragons... so what exactly is it, and how is it used?

Dragon’s Blood is actually a resin, which is harvested from a variety of different plant species. The bright red pigment is what lends it the name Dragon’s Blood. The products which are currently marketed and sold to modern Pagans are not precisely the same as what ancient cultures referred to as Dragon’s Blood.

The Romans, Greeks, and others used a byproduct of Dracaena cinnabari, the cinnabar tree, found on an island in the Indian Ocean. The tree’s gum resin has a number of uses, including as an abortifacient and as a dye - it’s even found as a colorant in lipstick.

Some practitioners use a powdered version of Dragon’s Blood as incense.

Depending on which magical path you may follow, there are a variety of uses for Dragon’s Blood. Cat Yronwoode of Luckymojo points out that in many Hoodoo and folk traditions, this item is used for protection, power and good fortune. It may even be turned into an ink to write out spells.

In some Wiccan traditions of magic, Dragon’s Blood is used for healing, protection, and banishing.

Many Pagan paths believe that adding Dragon’s Blood to any other incense or herb blend will increase the potency of the original mix.

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