What is Copal?
''The Blood of The Trees''
Copal is an aromatic resin made of the fresh sap of Copal trees.
Mayans and Aztecs realised how precious this substance is centuries ago and were using it for rituals and ceremonies, as an offering to gods and as a medicine for various ailments.
Luckily, wisdom keepers from these traditions still keep the fire burning and guard the ancient knowledge so Copal is still being used today. It is getting popularity in other cultures, as people start realising its wonderful properties.
My relationship with Copal
I have been using Copal for 7 years but only when I moved to Guatemala I started to create a deeper and more conscious connection with it.
I could observe and feel how energy changes in the space when Mayans burn the Copal during ceremonies. Every single time this magical smoke was bringing me to the present moment, relieving anxiety, helping me to enter a state of tranquility and gratitude and improving my focus. Our relationship became even more profound after participating in the Moon Dance with my daughter and my partner. During this 4 nights ritual my partner got an important role of taking care of the Copal. He understood it on a much deeper level and we began to use it daily in our home. We observed how our reality started to change. There is something deeply mystical and magical about it.
I was already making massage oils infused with medicinal herbs so naturally the next step for me was turning Copal into oils. The first time I made my oil using fresh Copal I couldn't believe how potent it turned out to be. The smell was strong (but not overwhelming) and long lasting on the skin. We got hooked.
Would you believe that an essential oud oil obtained from infected wood commands a higher price than gold? It sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? But that’s the story with Agarwood oud oil, or Oud as it is known in the Middle East.
Agarwood is the resinous heartwood formed in infected trees of the evergreen Aquilaria and Gyrinops tree families, native to southeast Asia.
This precious wood and its oud oil have a deep spiritual history and significance, and they are mentioned in the oldest spiritual texts – the Sahih Muslim, the Charaka Samhita, the Torah, the Bhagavad Gita, the Sushruta Samhita, Islamic scriptures and the Gospel.