Dacryoides peruviana (Copal)

Peru, Resin from Peru (SKU 0776)

Mineral resin of the Copal tree, locally called "Copal Blanco", and regarded as the best quality, with an enlightening and refreshing aroma.

Family: Burseraceae (Copal family)

The Bursera family of trees have specific medicinal advantages that clear the body and the environment of unwanted mosquitos, ailments and for some unwanted spirits. Copal resin was frequently used by the Mayans and Aztecs during ceremony dealing with purification. The Mayans used Copal to clean the spirit of dead animals prior to preparing them for consumption, to cleanse public spaces and to ward off mosquitos. Copal has a beautiful fragrance and is nowadays commonly used as an ingredient for producing incense.

Copal is a a generic term for a resin that can come from any of the Burseraceae trees, as it is a term used for the hardened resin, it is not the name of a resin from a particular tree. The Burseraceae family has over 100 different species of trees that provide resin to the Mayas in southern Mexico.

Other names: Copalli, Copal Grey, Copal Gris, Pom, Mexican Frankincense, Kauri Gum.

Copal is from the Burseraceae (Copal family).

Copal contains a highly prized chemical known as linalol, extensively used in perfumes, especially those with floral notes.

Copal has a distinct smell and aroma that will link you back to Tulum or other Central America locations that still use Copal as a natural cleansing agent. Unlike other incense, Copal is not as invasive as a smell and can be burned in a home without the lingering smells experienced by other tree resins like Frankincense (Boswelia carteri) and Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha).

Copal blends well with Pine (Pinus edulis), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Juniper (Juniperus communis), Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Sweetgrass (Hierochloe odorata).

[1] Mayan Monday, The secret to Copal and the many uses of this tree resin, Casadelasolas.com
[2] Copal, Wikipedia

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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