Dragon’s Blood can really cause confusion – from what it actually is to where it came from and when. Some Medieval encyclopedias even went so far as to claim that it was blood which had been spilled by dragons (or strangely enough, elephants) in mortal combat.
Some of the earliest recorded trading of dragon’s blood comes from tales of 15th Century voyagers, who obtained it in the form of dried garnet red drops from the shrub Dracaena Draco, and it was traded to ancient Europe via the romantically named Incense Road.
It can also be sold in the form of incense, which for some reason is known as “red rock opium”, even though it contains absolutely NO opiates.
It is used across many cultures, for many reasons. In China for example, it is used in wedding and New Year celebrations, and it is well known for its inclusion in rituals from various beliefs, from Hoodooism to paganism and shamanism, for a wide range of workings for love, protection banishing and sexuality.
More recently, it has even become a sought after ingredient in premium beauty products. Have a look around the shelves in your local department store, and it’s quite likely that you will come across many potions and lotions containing that magickal ingredient.
Most of the confusion arises from the fact that it can officially be obtained from two plants. The Dracaeno Draco and the Daemonorops. Many manufacturers who produce commercial items cited as containing Dragon’s Blood use the cheaper Daemonorops, as it obviously increases their profit margins.
However, if you want to try making your own, you can ensure that you have the very purest Dragon’s Blood items, whatever you choose to use it for. It lends itself to many workings of different types, including being used in powder form in herbal blends, fire workings, potions and elixirs, and notably THE most powerful and magickal of inks.
It can also be used in the production of runes, seals and talismans for example. OK, enough of the historical ins and outs: let’s get down to business and make ourselves up a batch of Dragon’s Blood Ink!
The amounts are given in “parts” so that you can adjust the quantities fairly simply depending on how much you wish to make.
- 1 part powdered TRUE Dragon’s Blood resin
- 12-15 parts alcohol (you can use any alcohol, but if you feel like using a favorite brand or maybe something that invokes the feeling of fiery dragons like a spiced or cinnamon rum, all the better)
- 1 part Arabic gum (can be bought online, but quite often can be found in cake decorating stores)
- Few drops of essential oil of cinnamon or myrrh, just for a little extra “kick”
One thing to bear in mind is that it is beneficial to make this during a waxing moon, so just consult your lunar calendar.
All you need to do is to get the resin to as fine a powder as you can, and then add in the alcohol a very little at a time, until the resin is dissolved. Add in the Arabic gum, and when it is all mixed thoroughly, filter it through a strainer into a nice glass bottle. Aside from giving it a nice label, that is pretty much it.
The part which can sometimes be tricky and require a little experimentation is deciding how much alcohol you need to achieve the desired thickness of the ink, but it’s well worth persevering!