Saturday, August 3, 2013

Medicinal and Magical Herbs: Dragon’s Blood



Introduction

Dragon’s blood is a red resin that is derived from various plant and tree species. The best Dragon’s Blood comes from trees found in South America.

In ancient times, people believed that Dragon’s Blood literally came from the blood of dragons.  During Roman times, Dragon’s Blood was used as a dye, pigment for painting, and for medicinal purposes. The Greeks and Arabs also used this resin for medicinal purposes. During the medieval period, it was used for ritual and alchemical purposes.

Pagans today use Dragon’s Blood for ritualistic purposes. In modern times, Dragon’s Blood is most commonly used for incense and as a varnish for furniture. Some people, especially people who practice Latin American Folk Medicine, still use Dragon’s Blood for medicinal purposes.

Medicinal Properties

Dragon’s Blood can be used to treat all sorts of ills. During the Roman times, it was used to treat intestinal issue. Many folk medicine practitioners today use Dragon’s Blood to treat menstrual issues, bleeding, and wound healing.

Dragon’s Blood can also be used to treat stomach ailments, most commonly diarrhea. Unlike many diarrhea treatments, however, Dragon’s Blood does not treat the issue all the way to the point of constipation. This makes Dragon’s Blood a very appealing diarrhea treatment.

Some people have claimed that Dragon’s Blood can be used to treat skin disorders such as eczema. It can also be used to treat insect bites and possibly burns.  

The plant best known for obtaining medicinal Dragon’s Blood is a tree known as “Sangre de Drago”. The literal translation for Sangre de Drago is: blood of the dragon tree. This tree can be found in South America and is used by many who practice Latin American Folk Medicine. When the tree is pierced or cut into, it “bleeds” red ooze that looks somewhat like blood.

Dragon’s Blood is an antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.

Possible Side Effects

So long as you obtain true Dragon’s Blood, such as the Dragon’s Blood found in the Sangre de Drago tree, there are no known side effects. Some companies label red resins as Dragon’s Blood, but they are not from any known medicinal plants or trees and can possibly be toxic. If you plan on using Dragon’s Blood for its medicinal benefits, only use the kind derived from medicinal plants.

There have not been enough studies conducted to know of any possibly side effects. If you are pregnant or nursing, it is probably best that you avoid consuming Dragon’s Blood, just for a safety precaution. If you have any type of blood disorders, consult with a medical professional before using Dragon’s Blood.

There are possible side effects with any herb or pharmaceutical medication. These vary from person to person. Most people will take this herb and experience no negative side effects. Speak with your herbalist, midwife, or medical professional before beginning an herbal treatment.

Magical Properties

Dragon’s Blood is a very powerful magical tool. It increases protection and banishing spells and can also be used during fertility rituals.

You can use the resin to make an ink to inscribe magical seals. This is an excellent idea for anyone who keeps a magical journal, or those who like using magical inks in the Book of Shadows.

The most common way to use Dragon’s Blood magically is through incense.

How I Use This Herb

I've yet to use this herb for its medicinal benefits, but I do plan on trying to get some for my medicine cabinet very soon. The benefits of this herb are too many to ignore and I could definitely see myself using it often, especially with the kiddos.

What I currently have been using Dragon’s Blood for has just been for magic. I use Dragon’s Blood incense for rituals quite regularly. I even used it for a fertility ritual for Little a.

Dragon’s Blood is absolutely amazing for magic. It is so powerful and I feel such a strong connection with the deities I work with when I use Dragon’s Blood. In my personal experience, it is an herb you can use when you’re just starting to work with a new spirit and you’re unsure as to what they specifically like. All the spirits I have worked with seem to be accepting of Dragon’s Blood until you discover what it is that they prefer.

Dragon’s Blood also has an amazing scent. Some people don’t like it. In fact, I've had people over at my house after I've burned Dragon’s Blood and they can’t tell if they love it or hate it. It’s an odd smell, but I absolutely love it.

I would like to advise you to be careful with where you purchase your Dragon’s Blood from. Many people will label things as Dragon’s Blood that isn't even remotely close. If you only want Dragon’s Blood for the scent, than this probably isn't an issue. But if you want to use Dragon’s Blood medicinally or magically, I recommend you try to find legitimate Dragon’s Blood.

You can order Dragon's Blood resin from Mountain Rose Herbs