Dragons Blood Tears

This listing is for the premium, pure tears and chips of Socotra Dragons Blood resin harvested from the Dracaena Cinnabari tree on the island of Socotra in Yemen.


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Also called medieval Dragon's  Blood, these tears and pieces are very clean with no bark and break to expose a glasslike center of the deepest red colour.

There are approximately 20 different trees around the world that supply a red resin called Dragons Blood. Some grow in Asia and others South America, but, it is thought that the Dragons Blood from the Dracaena cinnabari tree on the island of Socotra is the original resin traded for thousands of years to the West along with Frankincense and Myrrh through the "Incense Route". For this reason, it is considered to be the material referred to in ancient Greek and Medieval texts, formularies and Pharmacopoeias through the ages. This has lent this resin the nickname "Medieval" Dragons Blood.

The chemical composition of the different Dragons Blood resins vary as do their traditional therapeutic applications in local folk medicine. The Dragons Blood of D. Cinnabari from Socotra is used in traditional and local medicine.
Traditional applications in the West for Dracaena Cinnabari resin include its use as a pigment and dye and as a durable lacquer used specifically to lend a deep red finish to violins

Perhaps the most familiar use for Socotra Dragons Blood nowadays is as the main ingredient of a deep and permanent blood-red ink and as a potent incense material for ritual and ceremony.

At first inhalation, the fresh resin of D, cinnabari has no scent of its own. This is due to its high proportion of resin and lack of essential oil.
However, once s small piece is laid on the hot coal as incense, the presence and personality of D. Cinnabari expand to fill the room.
Its scent is deep. Rich. Sensuous. A dark deep Amber with a smooth warm nuttiness that is both calming and stimulating. It delivers hints of Red Sea breezes and perfumed summer nights. Only a little bit of this resin is needed to transform a space.

This is the highest grade of Socrata Dragons blood and composed of the individual tears that form when the tree is wounded. The Dragons Blood tree is harvested differently than Frankincense trees who's bark is stripped in small sections where the resin can"run" before it solidifies. Only small shallow singular gouges through the bark of D. Cinnabari yield resin and this is seen in the generally small size and shape of these resin tears. This is called "Resin" grade.

One hopes that with the lighter tapping method the D. Cinnabari trees are less stressed than other commercial resin-bearing trees.
I have no provenance on this resin. I can't say with certainty it is fairly traded and harvested sustainably. It is however of particularly high quality and I hope to visit the island of Socrata in person next year and get acquainted with the local merchants and methods of harvest.

Dan

Materials: Dracaena Cinnabari, Socotra Dragons Blood, Medieval Dragons Blood, Pure Dragonsblood Resin.


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Hosea Hettinger (Ashburn, US)
Everything as described, shipped right awa...

Everything as described, shipped right away. Thanks!

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Anya (Ashburn, US)
It was exactly what I was expecting.

It was exactly what I was expecting.

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Ruby (Ashburn, US)
Spoke with Faye as Dan was away. Good cust...

Spoke with Faye as Dan was away. Good customer service. Product was of high quality. Used it for incense and the room's energy changed. Will be ordering Franckincense soon.

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Sean Wilkinson (Butler, US)
Underwhelmed

I’m sad to say that this dragon’s blood may have proven I do not like it as much as I thought. It consistently smells only of burnt earth with none of the subtleties I’ve come to expect from it. After using an electric heater at many different temperatures, I’ve consistently failed to get it to melt unless ground, and I’ve only gotten the smell I expected out of it twice for short time before it transitioned to a lung-burning stink despite going as low as 180C.

I’m deeply sad to say I may need to toss it instead of using the rest, as it’s badly affected my breathing every time I’ve used it despite none of my other resins - nor the cone dragon’s blood incense before it - doing this to me.

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Carlie (Ashburn, US)
First time buyer ! All of the incense I pu...

First time buyer ! All of the incense I purchased came quickly and the quality was very good !