This is a 1 oz bag of White Copal resin.
The White Copal resin comes from a variety of different trees/shrubs. The Mayas in Southern Mexico used Copal resin that came from pitch pine trees (genus Pinus.) In Eastern Guatemala the Bursera tree supplies Copal resin through, approximately 100 related shrubs and trees. There are trees and shrubs that yield Copal resin in Southern Mexico along with both Southern and Central America.
White Copal resin is known as young Amber, it is also a relative of both Myrrh and Frankincense. Resin is produced by the sap of a plant, tree or shrub. Copal describes subfossil resinous substances which is at a lower state of polymerization, which is a state when molecules bound to form a more complex molecule. It is created during polymerization and hardening between gummy resin and amber, making it young Amber.
The word Copal is derived from the Nahuatl language. This is the language that was spoken by the majority of individuals living in Mexico during the Spanish conquest along with the Aztec. The word Copal meanings “incense” and was used in various ceremonies by both the Mayans and the Aztec. As a matter of fact Copal was discovered within the Mayan ruins.
Both the Mayans and the Aztec burned Copal which also comes in black and gold as well as white. The color depends on where it comes from and the process used to harvest it.
Resins are typically burned on charcoal tablets, which resemble a round disk. The charcoal tablets we carry are Swift – Lite, when you put a flame to it, it starts to gently spark. In the center of the tablet is an indentation, this is where the resin goes. One does not have to wait until the charcoal is all a glow, as soon as it begins its gentle spark place some resin on top. White Copal resin has many benefits for burning.