Updated: Apr 6
Do you like the smell of that sweet incense breeze as you relax within your own space?
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Natural Incense - Copal and Coconut
What can we say about this pleasant smell of coconut?
It’s a characteristic smell that personally reminds me of summer. The big palms full of coconuts and the white sand Caribbean beaches. Luckily for us, we can also use coconut incense to take us to back paradisiacal places.
The aroma is mild, fresh and fills the room with a pleasant smell of coconut. I like to use this variety of incense, especially in the spring and summer seasons. Creating a coconut breeze through all the rooms of a home.
The smell of coconut is able to take our thoughts to warm and quiet places. It has an aroma that reminds me of the relaxing warmth and nature which surrounds us.
What is coconut incense used for or what is it used for?
For hundreds of years, it has been used in spiritual rituals in search of personal prosperity. In countries like India, it is still used to perform purification spells. I use it to give my space a soft coconut aroma. This incense smells very good and does not distract you from your work.
Some Native Americans use this incense to bring good fortune into their lives. They say it protects your soul on a spiritual level. It is very common to burn incense so that your space will be filled with good vibrations and all bad things will be put aside. I like it for its smell, but as you have seen it can be given almost any use.
What Is Copal?
Copal is tree resin identified with the aromatic resins used by the cultures of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica as ceremonially burned incense and other purposes. The term copal describes resinous substances in an intermediate stage of polymerization between gummier resins and amber. The word copal is derived from the Nahuatl language word copalli, meaning “incense”.
To the pre-Columbian Maya and contemporary Maya people, it is known in the various Maya languages as pom. Copal is used by a number of indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America as an incense and communal ceremonies.
Copal Scientific Name: Protium copal
Common Name: Copal, Pom
Parts Used: Tree Resin
What Is The Origin Of Copal?
Copal is from the Nahuatl language and the word is derived from “copalli,” which means incense; Nahuatl was the language of the Aztecs. In Belize, copal is used as incense and can be found in most market places in the country; they are sold in one-pound blocks of resin in its most natural form, with complementary pieces of dried bark, leaves and drunken baymen, wrapped in leaf parcels.
The Maya and Latino people of Toledo, pieces of copal on coals for spiritual cleansing. Copal has been used in the ancient Maya and Aztec ceremony as a ritual offering to the gods.
The secondary and less well-known use of copal is as medicine. I was already familiar with the concept of “evil eye” and “spiritual cleansing” from my own cultural background and so the use of copal for these purposes came as no surprise to me. However, whilst working as a medical doctor at the Santa Ana Clinic in Toledo, I stumbled across some other medicinal uses of copal: I found that it was not uncommon for a Mayan to seek medical attention at the clinic before going to see the bush doctor.
What Are Copal Healing Properties?
Medical complaints included upper respiratory tract infections and also skin conditions ranging from scabies, fungal mycoses, dermatitis and impetigo. Education on hygiene was usually the order of the day even although the great expectation was for a magical injection of steroid and penicillin.
There is a huge gulf between Western medicine and bush medicine in terms of the concepts of illness, so much so, that medical consultations can be, and usually are, unsatisfactory for both doctor and patient because there is no common ground for understanding.
Even with the current state of events in 2020 you can see the distrust between people and Doctors or Authorities.
Further research from bush doctors in the Toledo area and medical plant literature confirms the use of copal oil for skin conditions. Furthermore, the resin has been used to plug tooth cavities, as an expectorant and in the treatment of muscular aches and pains.
Chemically copal resin is made up of isomeric tertiary and secondary, cyclic terpene alcohols. These constituents are known to have antiseptic (both externally and internally) and anti-rheumatic properties. The indications for Old Remedy Copal Medicinal Oil are labelled on the bottle as follows: Rash / Itch / Xox (Kekchi word for Rash) Burns/Scalds Insect Bites Skin Infections / Fungus Muscle Rub / Arthritis.
The indications are derived from feedback from people who have used the oil for those purposes and find the oil effective in the treatment of that particular condition.
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