Dragon's Blood Resin Powder

Dragon's Blood Resin Powder

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Dragon's blood powder is produced from a tree resin that is hardened and ground. The powder is used to make dyes and inks and is used as incense when sprinkled over hot charcoal bricks.

Dragon's blood resin powder is a component of etching compound used in photoengraving. It's also used to make a varnish to finish violins, a tradition that began in Italy in the 18th century.

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approximate cups to one pound5
active compoundsBenzoic acid, Calcium oxalate, Calcium phosphate.
plant part usedresin from fruit

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general guidelines and tips
storage tipsKeep in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaLight powder without significant aroma.


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householdCan be used to make natural dye and ink.
aromaticUse as incense, alone or in combination with other powdered aromatic resins.

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dragon's blood resin

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dragon's blood resin

Dragon’s blood powder is obtained from the ground resin of one of several species of trees native to South America and Asia. It is most commonly used as incense today, although it was used by the ancient Romans and Greeks to counter gastrointestinal complaints.

Dissolved in alcohol, powdered dragon’s blood yields a red ink. The addition of benzoin gum to the solution lends stability and ease of use. In China, this ink is traditionally used to embellish wedding announcements and posters relating to Chinese New Year. Dragon’s blood also has a long history of use in the production of varnishes and still provides a colorful finish for Italian violin makers.

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