Copal Black, Resin from Mexico (SKU 0489)
Black or night Copal, as it is sometimes called, has a heavy fragrance. It is often described as mystical and mysterious and is said to carry the "secret energies of the night". Regarded as a grounding and calming fragrance, it can aid in connecting one to the deeper levels of their soul. In Mexico it is burnt in abundance, particularly on the Day of the Dead, when it's said to be used to help souls find their way back home.
Family: Burseraceae (Copal family)
Copal is a type of resin produced by plant or tree secretions, particularly identified with the forms of aromatic tree resins used by the cultures of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica as a ceremonially burned incense, as well as for a number of other purposes. The word Copal is derived from the Nahuatl language word "Copalli", meaning "incense". To the pre-Columbian Maya and contemporary Maya peoples it is known in the various Mayan languages as "Pom", although the word itself has been demonstrated to be a loanword to Mayan from Mixe-Zoquean languages. It is sometimes likened to, or substituted for Amber and put in jewellery. Copal is still used by a number of indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America as an incense, and during ceremonies such as the sweat lodge ceremony.
Other names: Copaiba, Copal, Balsam Copaiba, Copaiva, Jesuit's Balsam.
Copaifera resin has been used topically by healers in the Amazon. The incense was regarded as a seeing instrument for the Mayans and considered a form of protection against sorcery, illness, and misfortune. The incense still burns in many Mexican churches today for the purpose of making the body ritually clean. Copaifera resin is known to European medicine since 1625. Jesuits brought it back from the New World and it was called "Jesuit's Balsam" where it was used medicinally. 
Copaifera officinalis is a well branched tropical tree of the Burseraceae (Copal family), that grows up to 100 feet tall. It has pinnate leathery leaves and blossoms are borne in whitish racemes. The flowers are small and aromatic. The fruit is a coriaceous legume containing a single seed.
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Sweet, creamy-balsamic, spicy, slightly peppery. The fragrance of Copal calms anxiety, is grounding, and helpful in stress-related conditions. Useful in mental and spiritual work, helps open the deeper levels of the soul, stimulates imagination, intuition and creativity.
Copal blends well with Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens), Pine (Pinus edulis), Juniper (Juniperus communis), White Sage (Salvia apiana).
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This is a natural product, used as incense or in perfumery, or as an ingredient of incense and other perfumery or potpourri preparations.
Some incense plants or products may have some history of other folklore purposes, but we offer this product for its use as incense. Not food grade, not for consumption.
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