Copal Blanco 2022 - 1 oz. Fresh and Sticky!
The finest Copal Blanco we have ever seen. Clean fresh, sticky and so aromatic. It comes directly from the family who harvests it in the traditional manner.
This copal is of high-grade quality. Clean with little to no tree residue (pieces of leaves, bark, insects, etc...)
This copal is sustainable, pure, high-grade, and unprocessed. Used in ceremonies throughout America for hundreds of years, it has been essential in not only ceremonies but also for medicinal uses.
It is still sticky due to its freshness as the gathering was completed just weeks ago. The stickier the copal blanco, the fresher and newer.
From Maaeyra, who has so kindly agreed to let Mermade carry this beautiful Copal :
The copal blanco offered here to you is harvested by my 76-year-old uncle and cousins in the states of Puebla and Guerrero, Mexico. I personally assist in gathering and preparing the copal blanco as well every year. It has been a family tradition for several generations. The process of obtaining the gummy resin from the Copalli tree or Copalquahuitl (copal tree in nahuatl native Mexican language) is completed within weeks with every other day supervision and care.
Copalli trees are prepared by making incisions on its trunk every other day or so. A maguey leaf (see pictures) is placed to allow the soft resin to fall on the leaf. It continues to fall until the leaf becomes full and the resin slowly becomes hard. The leaf is then removed. The copal is harvested between August and October to be ready for late October-November for offerings on Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead) as this is when copal is mostly used. Sustainability is important and is seen as a form of caring for what the copalli trees and our Earth gives to us. There is a rotating system in which a set of trees are used to extract copal blanco for a period of 4 years while other trees rest for this same period. After the four years have been completed, then the group of trees are rotated and another set is used for the extraction of the resin. Only older mature trees are used in this process.
It is believed that the smoke of the copal blanco purifies the person's energy, environment, and it is a way to communicate with those not present among us any longer. The copal resin looks like tears when coming out of the cuts from the tree during the collection process. It is also an offering from the tree. In ancient times, copal was burned at least twice a day; in the morning and evening as offerings to the sun.
Copal, which is the unity of Earth and Water (tree and resin tears) when in contact with Fire (hot charcoal) completes the four elements with Air by creating smoke. The Mexica (people of Mexico) have honored the unity of power of the elements of nature.
- Maaeyra of Teyolia
This price is for 1 oz.
(limited to 2 oz. per customer)
For handling and breaking up Copal Blanco resins:
- Put resin into a small freezer baggie
- Freeze it overnight
- While in the baggie, hit with hammer or mallet to break into small pieces
To clean sticky hands (at kitchen sink)
- Put a splash of vegetable oil in palm and rub between your hands briskly
- Then apply a liquid hand soap or dish soap to oiled hands
- Rub until you do not feel the stickiness anymore - Rinse with Warm water
This is the best way I have found so far and is gentle on hands:)