It's Monday which means I discuss the herbs and "stuff" that were used in spells and casting in The Silver Cord.
Today we will talk about Dragon's Blood.
No, it isn't blood and no it isn't from a dragon.
Here is a great article about Dragon's Blood from Pagan Wiccan About.com:
"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."
"Dragon's blood from both Daemonorops were used for ceremonies in India. Sometimes Dracaena resin, 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.
In American Hoodoo, African-American folk magic, and New Orleans voodoo, it 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.
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.
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."
SO there you have it, Dragon's Blood!
If you're interested in buying some incense or candles with this ingredient, I recommend the online store Azure Green.