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Copal from Mexico


Copal. comes from a healer tree family called Bursera that is sacred to the Maya. This resin has been referred to as the “Mexican Frankincense”, and it is related to both Frankincense and Myrrh. Today, it is often used in Mexico and Central America in sweat lodges and Day of the Dead ceremonies, and burned year round in the churches of Mexico.

The history of Copal use dates back to the Mayan and Aztec civilization days. Copal was widely used in ritual offerings and ceremonies, and mass quantities of copal resin were burned atop Aztec and Mayan pyramids. The white smoke produced by burning copal resin was associated with helpful spirits and “White Gods”. It was believed that the white smoke assisted in contacting deities and helpful spirit allies. Copal resin is a powerful healer and purifier, with the power to transmute negative energy. Copal aids in physical, mental, and spiritual healing, and environmental clearing.

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