Essential Oil Copal Resin (15 mL)
Essential Oil Copal Resin
Copal essential oil is extracted from the resin from the copaiba trees using a special low heat, low atmospheric pressure process. And with no traditional heating and pressure distillation process, copal is also one of the most pure and potent essential oils available. The most potent species of copal in abundant supply are located in a savannah region outside the main Amazon rain forest basin. Native healers have traditionally used copal topically to help reduce skin disorders and insect bites.
Copal is a name given to tree resin from the copal tree Protium copal (Burseraceae) that is particularly identified with the aromatic resins used by the cultures of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica as ceremonially burned incense and other purposes. More generally, the term copal describes resinous substances in an intermediate stage of polymerization and hardening between “gummier” resins and amber. The word copal is derived from the Nahuatl language word copalli, meaning “incense”.
Copaiba Oil is a wonderful essential oil that has traditionally been used to support the body’s natural response to irritation and support healthy digestion*. From the oleoresin of the Copaiba Tree.
It is harvested similarly to how we collect maple syrup! It is taken right from the tree through a pipe drilled into the tree! The essential oil is then produced by steam distilling the copal (oleoresin collected from the tree).
Copaiba is often used interchangeably with copal oil, but my understanding is that copaiba oil is technically more accurate if using the essential oil from the copaiba tree, Copaifera reticulata. This genus species is also the only species that is indigenous to the Amazon Region.
Copaiba is a type of copal resin.
HISTORY OF USE
Copal Essential Oil is a potent healing oil that contains abundant sesquiterpenes, a compound that has been studied extensively for its anti-inflammatory powers. Copal oil has traditionally been used to treat wounds, respiratory inflammation, sore muscles, and psoriasis. It is also a shamanistic oil for spiritual purification and the cultivation of a peaceful heart.
The Mayan Indians hold copal as very sacred and have used it in ceremonies since ancient times. The name for copal is pom in Mayan tongue. Copal resin is said to reveal invisible energies that appear like rays of sunlight filtering through an early morning mist. Healers often used it as a diagnostic tool to help them see the deeper dimensions of a client’s energy field by gazing through the smoke to detect energy blockages and dis-ease.
The resin is also used for clearing and clarifying the mind since it holds the influence of purification and protection. The dried natural resin, when burned, emits an odor similar to frankincense but with a lighter, citrusy tone. The resin is formed when the tree is cut and a thick milky liquid seeps out. It is dark in colour, very black, but changes colour as it dries.
Copal essence is very high in sesquiterpenes which has been extensively studied and found to curb and even reverse the inflammation process. Copal also contains high levels of caryophyllene and gamma cadinene, both of which are said to enhance DNA health.
In addition to providing pain relief for sore muscles and joints, copal oil is used in sacred ceremonies and meditation rituals to purify body and soul. When used for consecration and purification, copal conjures a sense of peacefulness, acceptance, and appreciation.
Copal essential oil has traditionally been used to alleviate inflammation, relieve respiratory ailments, treat skin imbalances, restore balance to the kidneys, stop bleeding, relieve the pain and itching that comes with insect bites, speed the healing of wounds, lift depression, cleanse and purify the spirit, and consecrate sacred spaces during religious ceremonies and meditation.
Stimulant, soothing and relaxing. It may enhance or create a synergistic effect with other oils. Peppermint essential oil may have the same action.
Copaiba oil is known to have some of the highest levels of beta-caryophyllene in the world. It has been documented to contain 50 percent beta-caryophyllene. Helichrysum and Clove essential oils have 5 to 12 percent of the same compound!
Beta-caryophyllene has been extensively studied for its ability to modulate the body’s response to irritation.
Other essential oils besides helichrysum and clove that contain beta-caryophyllene are basil, oregano, black pepper, rosemary and cinnamon bark oils.
Caution: NEVER USE INTERNALLY without consulting professional medical help
- Not recommended for pregnant women and infants.
Individuals with serious and chronic health issues should consult an expert prior to using oils.
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