This listing is for the essential oil of Copal Blanco-Bursera bipinnata resin that I distilled in early March 2021.
Commonly called Copal Blanco and Sacred Copal, the resin is the traditional incense used in celebrating Mexican Day of the Dead ceremonies and reserved for other special occasions.
This is an essential oil that is close to impossible to source commercially and I am thrilled to offer a small amount to my customers.
It has an uplifting, soft, sweet, minty coniferous aroma with hints of honey, black pepper, nutmeg and cardamon.
Similar to many other resin essential oils, its fragrance will continue to mature, evolve and develop in its aromatic complexities with age.
Hoarding resin essential oils can provide important lessons in patience and a deeper appreciation of age for us all.
Used extensively in churches during the year, White Copal resin is best known for its use in Mexican Day of the Dead ceremonies and celebrations, where the smoke of burning Copal is seen as an offering that helps raise one’s prayers to the Divine. The pillar of Copal incense smoke is also believed to act as a beacon, leading the ancestral spirits home.
The resin has a light lemony scent. Burned on the coal it raises a beautiful, thick column of gentle, soft smoke with sweet hints of burnt caramel and soft ethereal floral notes. You can find the fresh resin in the shop here-https://www.etsy.com/listing/941117526/copal-blanco-sacred-copal-blocks-bursera
Copal Blanco/Bursera bipinnata is a member of the Burseraceae family of trees. Also called Torchwood trees and the Incense tree family. It is related to Frankincense, Myrrh, Elemi and many other fragrant resin-bearing trees used for incense, medicine and perfume. It is currently harvested in a traditional manner that does not stress the trees. However, with an increase in demand for the resin, future issues of sustainability are likely.
As with many other resins of the Burseracaea family, Copal is also used in traditional medicine. It is often dissolved in oil and used to treat sore muscles and joints and an assortment of skin conditions.
That being said, essential oils are very concentrated and should not be applied to the skin without adequate dilution. They should not be taken internally without the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional.