Sacred Incense - Socotran Dragons Blood

Resin, Powdered, 4 Gr from Yemen (SKU 4854)

Powdered Socotran Dragons blood resin. It has no scent of its own due to the lack of essential oils. However once heated it develops a deep, sensuous, dark and strong amber and nutty scent. Usually one does not burn the resin alone, mostly its used in a mix especially with Frankincense. Locals of Socotra island use the Dracaena resin as a cure-all. More information below.

Packed in clear glass bottles with cork stopper containing 4 gr.

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There are about 20 different Dragon's Blood trees in the world.  Dracaena cinnabari, the Socotra dragon tree or Dragonblood tree, is a Dragon tree native to the Socotra archipelago, part of Yemen, located in the Arabian Sea. It is so called due to the red sap that the trees produce. The Dragon's blood resin traded to Europe by the ancient greeks and romans according to historians was from Socotra. It has no scent of its own due to the lack of essential oils. However once heated it develops a deep, sensuous, dark and strong amber and nutty scent. Usually one does not burn the resin alone, mostly its used in a mix especially with Frankincense.

Locals of Socotra island use the Dracaena resin as a sort of cure-all, using it for such things as general wound healing, a coagulant, curing diarrhoea, 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 such skin disorders as eczema. It is also an important ingredient in Chinese kung fu 'Dit Dar' medicine.

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.

Other names: Dracaena cinnabari

The Dragon's blood known to the ancient Romans was mostly collected from D. cinnabari, and is mentioned in the 1st century Periplus 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 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.

This is a natural product, used as incense or in perfumery, or as an ingredient of incense and other perfumery or potpourri preparations.
Some incense plants or products may have some history of other folklore purposes, but we offer this product for its use as incense. Not food grade, not for consumption.

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