Arguably the most famous and distinctive plant of the island of Socotra, the evocatively named dragon’s blood tree has a unique and bizarre appearance, its upturned, densely-packed crown having the shape of an upside-down umbrella. This evergreen species is named for its dark red resin, known as “dragon’s blood”, a substance which has been highly prized since ancient times. The dragon’s blood tree has been the major commercial source of this resin, and many myths surround the unusual trees.
The “dragon’s blood” resin of this tree exudes naturally from fissures and wounds in the bark, and is commonly harvested by widening these fissures with a knife. The resin has had many different uses since ancient times, including to colour wool, varnishes and plaster, to decorate houses and pottery, and in ritual magic. Dragon’s Blood can increase the potency… spells for protection, love, banishing, and sexuality.
It is also used for many medicinal purposes, including as an antiseptic, antiviral, antidiarrhetic, and for treating tumours, and in addition contains compounds with beneficial antioxidant properties.
The second photo is of a tree trimming in somebodies yard; I find it disturbing and fascinating. I have seen video that shows a pulse. Dragon’s Blood trees are more valuable alive than dead and are cared for for the sap harvest much like maple trees.
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Dragon’s Blood is sometimes used in violin varnishes because if its red color. I had no idea of what it looked like before it’s resiny state.
Noa Kageyama has a great post up about his recent experience sitting in on some masterclasses by cellist Frans Helmerson.
"Theme #1: Simply feeling the music is not enough
Helmerson often asked the cellists to (a) describe the story, character, mood, or emotion in words, or philosophical…