Copal blanco, Copaifera officinalis, Copal resin
Copal blanco or Copaifera officinalis is a well branched tropical tree of the Burseraceae (Copal family) that grows up to 100 feet tall. It has pinnate leathery leaves and blossoms are borne in whitish racemes. The flowers are small and aromatic. The fruit is a coriaceous legume containing a single seed.
Copal resin has been used topically by healers in the Amazon. The incense was regarded as a seeing instrument for the Mayans and considered a form of protection against sorcery, illness and misfortune.
Copal incense is a wonderful energy tool to use during your meditations. It is linked with the crown chakra, deepening your awareness and encouraging pure thoughts during meditation. Copal also helps to strengthen the auric body, removing all energy blockages. It is particularly useful in times of stress or even for alleviating feelings of depression, because it helps you to shift your mindset.
The incense still burns in many Mexican churches today for the purpose of making the body ritually clean. It is also used in therapeutic and medicinal uses.
sesquiterpene hydrocarbons, caryophyllene.