Labdanum resin is surrounded by an aura of mysticism and was well respected by alchemists, witches and priests of all times.
In antiquity, it was collected by combing the beards of goats and sheeps that were grazing on a species of rock rose (Cistus ladanifer and Cistus creticus) which is abundant in the Mediterranean. The shepherds collected the resin and sold it to traders.
Labdanum & Witches
It was believed that this resin can empower any magical ceremony and it was greatly associated with protection, empowerment and spiritual development. It was recommended to be added in all incenses that involved Divine work and the invocation of Celestial entities.
Witches had Labdanum resin in high regard and was considered essential in spells and rituals that the outcome was difficult to achieve (as defined by the logical mind).
This precious resin was also associated with spirits and the afterlife. In fact, the scepter of Osiris was believed to actually represent an ancient tool for collecting labdanum- one interpretation across many. It is believed that many references to holy incenses in mystical texts like the ketoret or onycha is actually a reference to the dark labdanum resin.
We collect it from Crete, the mystical greek island where the Old Religion of the Great Goddess flourished. It is believed that the Labdanum from Crete is the strongest and most potent of all.
Each bag contains 20g of pure labdanum resin to be used as incense over a charcoal disc.