Dragon's Blood,A resin derived from the fruit of Calamus Draco.
- Botanical Identification of Dragon's Blood.
- Description and Botanical Source.
- Dragon's blood Chemical Composition.
- Uses of Dragon's Blood.
- Dragon's blood History.
- Magickal Uses of Dragon's Blood.
- Religious Use of Dragon's Blood.
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Dragon's blood History.:
This dramatic sounding resin isn't quite what its name suggests! The resin comes from the fruits of climbing palm trees, such as Daemonorops draco, in areas of tropical Asia. The fruit of the trees is covered in scales and the bright red shiny resin seeps out between the scales,which looks a bit like blood coming out from a cut (or a scaly dragon's hide). As it seeps out, it's traditionally collected, cleansed and then melted down to form a hard chunk of resin.
When burnt, Dragon's Blood creates a strong herbal and spicy fragrance. It's traditionally used in Indian ceremonies to get rid of negative energies and spirits and is regarded as having cleansing properties. It's also calming, and some believe it has aphrodisiacal properties, too, especially if you leave a piece under your mattress.
As well as for burning, the resin has gained other uses throughout history. In the 18th century Italian violinmakers are said to have used it as a source of varnish for their instruments, and the Greeks and Romans regarded it as having medicinal properties. The warriors in ancient China used to carry it with them when going into battle. If they were wounded they used the resin to stop their wounds bleeding so much.
Incense resins such as in this tin are completely natural. They have been used in incense making and also by themselves for centuries. To burn the resin as an incense you need to have a heat source. Most people use a charcoal disc that is designed specifically for this purpose. The disc should be placed inside a heat resistant container with earth inside if required to shield the strong heat. Once alight the resin can be spooned gently onto the charcoal and the resin becomes an incense and the delightful aromas are released. You can then add more resin as required.
Raman spectroscopy of coloured resins used in antiquity: dragon's blood and related substances.
Dragon's blood is a deep red resin which has been used for centuries by many cultures and much prized for it's rarity, depth of colour and alchemical associations. The original source of dragon's blood resin is believed to be Dracaena cinnabari from Socotra in Africa, but since mediaeval times there have been several alternatives from different geographical locations from the Canary Islands to the East Indies. Here, the Raman spectra of dragon's blood resins from Dracaena draco Liliacae trees growing in several different locations bordering the Mediterranean and Middle East are compared with the resins from alternative botanical sources such as Daemonorops draco, Dracaena cinnabari and Eucalyptus terminalis, which all generically come under the description of dragon's blood. Key vibrational spectroscopic marker bands are identified in the Raman spectra of the resins, which are suggested for adoption as a protocol for the identification of the botanical and possible geographical sources of modern dragon's blood resins. The Raman spectra of materials, which are falsely attributed to dragon's blood resin are also shown for comparison and identification purposes. Changes in the Raman spectra of genuine dragon's blood resin specimens arising from simple processing treatment during the preparation of the resins for sale are also identified, which suggests a possible attribution characteristic for unknown samples.
Dragon's Blood incense: misbranded as a drug of abuse?
An unknown red substance was being sold and used with other drugs of abuse in Virginia (often being used in conjunction with marihuana). The red substance was identified as Dragon's Blood incense from Daemonorops draco. In bioassays, Dragon's Blood incense exhibited a low, but measurable cytotoxicity in in vitro cell lines. Dragon's Blood incense or Volatilized Dragon's Blood had no adverse effect on mouse motor performance based on the inclined screen and rotorod tests. delta(9)-Tetrahydrocannibinol (THC) produced a dose-related decline in mouse performance on the rotorod test. The combination of Dragon's Blood incense or Volatilized Dragon's Blood with delta(9)-THC did not contribute further to the impairment of the mice on the rotorod. This data suggests that the abuse potential for Dragon's Blood incense alone or in combination with marihuana is minimal.
SOCOTRA DRAGON'S BLOOD: or Katir, is the product of Dracaena Schizantha, Baker (more), or, according to Hunter, the Dracaena Ombet of Kotschy (more). It is produced in Socotra. It differs from the Sumatra drug in the absence of scales, and in not evolving benzoic acid vapors when heated (Pharmacographia).
CANARY ISLAND DRAGON'S BLOOD: is the product obtained by incising the stem of Dracaena Draco, Linne (more), of the Canary Isles. Pterocarpus Draco, Linne (more), of West Indies and South America, yields a resin known also as dragon's blood, as does Croton Draco, Schlechtendal (more), the product of the latter, however, being more of the nature of kino (Pharmacographia). According to Prof. H. Trimble (Amer. Jour. Pharm., 1895, p. 516), a specimen received from Jamaica was for the most part soluble in warm water and contained 46.7 per cent of tannin, referred to dry substance, hence it closely resembled kino. The foregoing are not in general commerce. (For an analytical study of the various red resins known as dragon's blood, see J. J. Debbie and G. G. Henderson, Amer. Jour. Pharm., 1884, p. 327).
Name for a red resin obtained from a number of different plants. It was held by early Greeks, Romans, and Arabs to have medicinal properties; Dioscorides and other early writers described it. A chief source was Dracaena Cinnabari, a tree of the agave family. Voyagers to the Canary Islands in the 15th century obtained it from another species, D. Draco. The resin, exuding beautiful garnet-colored drops when the tree is wounded, was well known as the source of varnish for 18th-century Italian violinmakers. Later, dragon's-blood varnishes and medicines were obtained chiefly from the immature fruits of a palm (Daemonorops Draco) native to Malaya. Although still sometimes used in photoengraving processes, dragon's blood as a coloring material has largely been replaced by synthetics.
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Dragon's Blood is also known as Dragon's Blood, Daemonorops drake, Dracaena spp, Blood, Blume, Calamus Draco, Draconis Resina, Sanguis Draconis, Dragon's Blood Palm. Dragon's Blood is a palm Tree.
Dragon's blood is a masculine plant and is associated with the planet Mars and the Element of Fire. Its powers are known for love, protection, exorcism, and potency. Lore/Folk magic Beliefs come from Scott Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs - 1985 and archival studies from the Tree leaves' Folk Fellowship.
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