They Say: Copal is a resin from the tree of the same name which grows in Mexico and Central America. It is burned as an incense for "Purification and Protection".
Amount in Bag: 1 oz (28 grams)
The Copal Tree is originally believed to have grown in Mexico, but now it can be found in a range of places, including western Africa, India, Central and Southern America. It's the resin that's considered most precious and in ancient times it was even more so if it came from trees that had been hit by lightning. The Mayans regarded copal resin as extremely sacred, only daring touch it on their altars with special instruments, not their bare hands.
As incense, resin is best burned on charcoal or in a fire and emits a high quality, pure aroma - something that can come as a surprise, as prior to burning there's practically no scent at all!
Copal White: The white form has a light, bright, fruity scent. It's said to be cleansing for the spirit and can help with mental and spiritual work. Unlike the other forms, white is harvested as a liquid then left until it's dried out.
Incense Resins have been used in incense making and also by themselves for centuries. To burn the resin as an incense you need to have a heat source. Most people use a charcoal disc that is designed specifically for this purpose. The disc should be placed inside a heat resistant container with earth inside if required to shield the strong heat. Once alight the resin can be spooned gently onto the charcoal and the resin becomes an incense and the delightful aromas are released. You can then add more resin as required. For information on how to burn resins on charcoal discs please click here
Country of Origin: New Mexico
Safety note: Never leave unattended. Do not place container on flammable surface.
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