Dragon’s blood is not a magical concoction but a real ingredient in medicine, incense, and more. By Magda Origjanska

The so-called modern pagans frequently come upon “dragon’s blood” as one of the ingredients needed for their rituals. The name of this substance signifies the blood of a mythical, flying creature that, according to many stories, performs wonders and heals even the sorest of wounds and most grievous illnesses. Surprisingly, dragon’s blood is not only “real” but also has been used since ancient times as varnish, medicine, incense, and dye.

In some medieval encyclopedias, dragon’s blood is mentioned as the actual blood of dragons or elephants who perished in mortal combat.

In reality, dragon’s blood is actually a resin harvested from various plant species such as Croton, Dracaena, Daemonorops, Calamus rotang, and Pterocarpus. Its main feature is the red pigment that lends it the name dragon’s blood.

According to the book “Modern Herbal” by Maud Grieve, published in 1931, “The berries are the size of a cherry and pointed. When ripe they are covered with a reddish, resinous substance which is separated in several ways, the most satisfactory being by steaming, or by shaking or rubbing in coarse, canvas bags. An inferior kind is obtained by boiling the fruits to obtain a decoction after they have undergone the second process. The product may come to market in beads, joined as if forming a necklace, and covered with leaves … or in small, round sticks about 18 inches long, packed in leaves and strips of cane. Other varieties are found in irregular lumps, or in a reddish powder. They are known as lump, stick, reed, tear, or saucer Dragon’s Blood.”

Dracaena draco leaves showing dragon’s blood pigment at the base. The red pigment, called “dragon’s blood,” is said to have been used on Stradivarius violins. Photographed in the gardens of Lotusland—in Montecito, near Santa Barbara in southern California. Author: Sharktopus. CC BY-SA 3.0

Historical records of the Romans and Greeks also note Dracaena cinnabari, a byproduct of the cinnabar tree that was found on an island in the Indian Ocean. The resin of Dracaena species, the “authentic” dragon’s blood, and the extremely poisonous mineral cinnabar (mercury sulfide) were often confused by the ancient Romans. The types of dragon’s blood derived from different species were also hardly distinguished from one another in ancient China.

Dragon’s blood, powdered pigment or apothecary’s grade and roughly crushed incense. Author: Andy Dingley CC BY-SA 3.0

The pigment in the tree’s gum has numerous uses, including as a dye and also as a colorant in cosmetics. Some women used the powder in a ritual that was supposed to attract a marriage proposal. They would write their lover’s name on a tiny piece of paper, then their own name on the top, sprinkle it with some dragon’s blood, and fold it. Afterwards, they threw it onto burning charcoal while saying a prayer.

Dragon’s Blood Tree Author Rod Waddington. CC by 2.0

In the 18th century, dragon’s blood was used as a varnish for Italian violin makers. Moreover, there was a recipe for a toothpaste containing dragon’s blood. In India, it has been used in ceremonies for face painting or as a red varnish for wooden furniture. Another use of it was coloring the surface of writing paper, especially the decorative type that was used for weddings and during Chinese New Year.

In New Orleans voodoo and American hoodoo folk magic, it is used for attracting money or love and often as an incense that cleanses space and casts away negative energies. It is also added to ink to make “dragon’s blood ink,” a substance used to inscribe magical seals and talismans.

Dragon’s blood from Dracaena cinnabari. Sanguis draconis, Dracaena cinnabari. Author: Maša Sinreih in Valentina Vivod. CC BY-SA 3.0

The vibrant red color explains why dragon’s blood refers to the element of fire, and it’s often used in rituals that involve fire, heat, or power. In some traditions of folk magic, the resin is blended until it turns to oil. The oil of dragon’s blood is then applied to one’s wrists in order to

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11 Physical and Psychological Benefits Of Burning Incense By: David M. Sanchez

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Incense is not only a room or air freshener with a pleasant smell, but it has many physical and psychological benefits and spiritual effects on our minds and bodies.

But you’re probably wondering:

What are the effects of Incense on body and mind? Is incense good or bad for your health?

Here are the top 11 benefits of burning Incense:

1.      Acts as an air freshener

incenseThe most common benefit of incense is that it acts as a natural air freshener or an odor eater with a pleasant smell, and keeps our homes or room fresh.

But it’s not just an air freshener.

Most people who never or seldom use incense often think of it merely as an air freshener and are unaware of the many other benefits it has to the mind and body. Even many regular incense users who use it regularly may not fully appreciate all its physical and psychological benefits.

2.    Enhancing Concentration & Focus

Concentration and FocusWhether it is during study or at work, the use of specific incenses enables clear thinking and helps in developing a state of complete awareness. Monks recognized this benefit of incense long ago and used it during their meditation to clear the air as well as their thoughts. Jewelry makers and other workers who require intense concentration also often use incense to help them focus and to switch back and forth between working under the microscope and working away from it.

3.    Stimulating Creativity

stimulating creativitySimilar to a fun song or beautiful scenery can inspire the imagination, a pleasing aroma can get the creative energy flowing. The many herbal scents of incense can transport one’s mind away to a tropical island, a rain forest, a high range, or any other earthly heaven. The smells of incense can put one in a dream-like state where the imagination is set free to roam.

4.    Increasing Motivation and Positive Energy

Increasing MotivationIncense has long been used by religious and spiritual leaders to purify the air and the soul. Particular incense smoke has antibacterial, fungicidal, and insecticidal properties and, therefore, really does purify the air. It is said that the incense increases positive energy and drives away negative energy. The pure air is like health food for the brain and the body, resulting in an increased motivation and energy level.

5.    Boosting Confidence

Boosting ConfidenceWith increased focus, creativity, and motivation naturally comes increased confidence. When your body is relaxed, and your brain is firing on all cylinders, you’re at your best, and when you’re at your best, you’re at your most confident. Burning incense before a big date, a big test, or a big presentation can increase your confidence and, therefore, your chances of success.

6.    Heightening Sexual Desire

Heightening Sexual DesireEveryone knows that pheromones are nature’s aphrodisiac, which is why they are used in perfumes to attract the opposite sex. Similarly, by indulging the sense of smell, incense acts as a powerful

 

 

 

 

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6 Benefits Of Incense For The Mind, Body And Soul

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If there was one thing that bound all the different, competing religions of the world together, it would be burning incense. Whether it is an altar boy burning frankincense during mass or a priest lighting incense sticks during a puja, the smell of incense is something that we can all immediately identify with. Even outside the realm of prayer, lighting incense has a multitude of benefits that can bring calmness to our souls. If it’s good enough for the gods, it’s good enough for us.


1. Reduces Anxiety And Tension

Certain smells have long been believed to have a very real effect on our body. Perhaps the reason behind the calmness of Buddhist monks is that they inhale incense all day. If you’re ever feeling the pressures of life getting to you, try burning some sandalwood or jasmine incense sticks and feel yourself reach nirvana.


2. It Can Help You Sleep Better

Next time your partner wants to buy you a bouquet of roses, hint that he should buy you a box of rose incense sticks instead. Fragrances like rose and lavender soothe your senses and help you fall asleep much faster. Just be sure to burn the sticks in a safe place or you might just sleep through a raging fire.


3. It Can Make You Better To Sleep With

Fragrances can be a powerful aphrodisiac by heightening your senses and making you more aware. If you find you can’t concentrate on your partner’s new moves because of other worries, burn some cinnamon or vanilla fragrance. These two scents are believed to be extremely effective at heightening arousal. Or making you hungry.

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Thankfulness Magick

 

So, you don’t feel like getting out of bed today?  I understand because sometimes life can be hard, and we don’t want to face it, but it’s also important to realize that those of us who can get out of bed are very lucky indeed!  Don’t forget, or neglect to be thankful, because there are a lot of people out there who wish that they could get out of bed….but they can’t because they might have no legs.  Or maybe they have legs, but they can’t walk.  

Ohhh, so you don’t want to go to work today?  Yes, I understand that also because you might have a job where people don’t appreciate you, or they treat you like shit – WHY? Well just because they can!  But still in all, try to remember that you are one of the lucky ones, because you have a job…….a job that my be paying your bills so that you and your family can have a safe place to live.  You can have a warm and comfortable place that keeps you out of the cold.  You have a home where you can go to bed at night, not having to worry about who might try and take your spot on your cardboard box whilst you try to get some sleep next to the garbage dumpster in the alleyway.  

Just always try to look on the positive side of things, even though the situation might not be exactly how you want it to be, or even close to how you want it to be at that moment.  Also, remember, storms never last forever, and what you may be going through will also have an ending.

Find a white candle (or a candle that is your favorite color).  It can be a tapered candle, or even a small tealight.  Now take just a few minutes to sit with that candle between your hands as you ground yourself by growing your roots deep into the dark, rich, Mother Earth.  Imbue that candle by envisioning your love and power  – your intentions going into it.  

Sometimes, when I do Candle Magick, I will dig my pointer finger- fingernail into it as I send my intentions into it.  For me, it seems the best way to get the MAGICK in there!!  

So, decide on the way you wish to imbue your candle (holding it between your hands, the fingernail method or whatever else you feel comfortable with, as long as you are doing it with your power hand….the hand that you normally write with), and start saying either out loud or in your thoughts, that which you are thankful for.  Make the time to list, in detail, exactly the things, people, situations and abilities that make you feel thankful.  Go deep within yourself.  Take the time to do this Ritual with your whole heart. Feel the thankfulness exude from yourself into the candle.

Once you feel that you’ve taken enough time to do this, thank the HIGHER POWER that you believe in, secure the candle so that it won’t catch anything on fire or be disturbed.  If possible, use a wooden match and set the flame to the candle wick and watch the Magick of the candle spark to life.  Stay with your lit candle as long as you desire, but leave it to SAFELY burn out.

It is very good to do this Ritual as often as you can, as it will help you to truly see all that you have to be thankful for…and more. 

I wish you and yours, Bright Magickal Blessings!