Herbal Lore

Dragon’s Blood


By Morningbird

Daemomorops draco, or Dracaena draco

Dragon’s blood is a resin obtained from the plant Daemomorops draco, or Dracaena draco also known as the dragon tree or Draconis palm or Dracaena cinnabari. The resin crystallizes and can then be pounded into a powder that can be used for a variety of purposes.

Dragon’s blood resin is a popular incense for ritual purposes. The resin burned as incense can be used for cleansing and exorcism of space, especially to rid a new space of the energies of the former occupants to make room for yours when you are preparing to move in (camphor increases its effectiveness here.).

Dragon’s blood can be burned during spells to increase courage and protect those going forth to meet danger (i.e. slay metaphorical dragons).

Dragon’s blood resin or incense may also be used in spells to encourage someone who has left to return.

Dragon’s blood oil is used to anoint candles for spells designed to draw money and luck and to increase personal power.

To use the fragrance in spellwork, the resin can be crushed and dissolved in oil which is then used to dress candles, or chunks of resin can be burned directly on coals or added to an incense stick or cone.

Dragon’s blood corresponds to the element fire and the planet Mars

Other Uses for Dragon’s Blood Resin

It can also be added to magical sachets.
Dragon’s blood is used for banishing, protection, sexuality, love, and healing spells involving bleeding.

Dragon’s blood resin powder can be mixed with other ingredients to create an ink that is popular for use in spells, to write down one’s intent, or the name of a target or to draw seals and other symbols. It can also be used as a dye or varnish.

Dragon’s blood was once used extensively in medicine as a cure-all for a variety of illnesses including syphilis, but it is not currently recommended as a medicinal herb for any purpose.

In ancient texts, especially Roman, dragon’s blood and cinnabar were often confused and the tree from which it was obtained was commonly called the cinnabar tree. As cinnabar is toxic, this could have lead to unfortunate results.


Various sources have reported to me that the Dragon tree is becoming threatened due to various causes. Since dragon’s blood is renewable, I am going to guess habitat destruction or climate change is more likely than over-collection, but that’s just speculation (if you have additional information, please comment!). Since the resin can be collected from many different species, a shortage of this specific species does not mean a shortage of resin. However, you will want to take care when using the resin topically or for medicinal purposes as its qualities may vary according to species.

Written by Morningbird & Witchipedia Team

I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years. As a founder and lead writer on Witchipedia, I’ve been publishing articles since 2006.

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9 thoughts on “Dragon’s Blood”

    • It can be used in spellwork for these purposes, just like any other resin, incense or ink would be used in spellwork. Spell requests and personal advice can be obtained in the Community section of this site. Please click the community link in the main menu.

    • You bring the incense while you’re doing your act, and you keep focused on what you’re manifesting you also amplify this if your partner is like minded.

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  2. Ive been smelling the dragons blood incense that I have but I have not burned it in a bit and this has been going on for days, does the smell tend to linger or is it something else?

    • Resins do tend to hang out for a bit, being sticky. It might be in the carpet or your sweater or something. Or maybe you’ve got a craving.

    • Natural Resin Incense tends to linger long than other forms of incense. I burn dragons blood every couple days because I don’t have to use it daily due to it smelling like dragons blood for days afterward. The lingering scent is likely due to the stickiness of the resin, similar to the way cigarettes and mj lingers.

  3. Well rubbing the oil on candles work well for divesting. And does anyone know how to clear your mind from outside distractions I’ve been trying for about 7 months for I am my own teacher anyone have advice?


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