More about Copal Blanco (Dacryodes Peruviana)
Copal Blanco 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. Peruvian Copal Blanco is a different species from the Mexican.
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 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.
Copal contains a highly valued chemical known as linalool, widely used in perfumes, especially those with floral notes, has a distinct smell and aroma that will connect you back to Tulum or other Central American locations that still use Copal as a natural cleaning agent. Unlike other incense, Copal is not as invasive and can be burned in a house.
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).