Copal Oro Resin Tears - Bursera sp.

Botanical Name: Bursera sp.

Family: Burseraceae

Distribution: Americas

Origin : Mexico

Copal oro is an amber-colored resin obtained from Bursera trees indigenous to Mexico and the Americas.

It has a long history of use as a ritual incense and smudge. In Mexico, copal is burned commonly during annual Day of the Dead celebrations to help souls find their way back home to visit the living.



Known for its ability to elicit mentally uplifting and calming effects, Copal is rich in triterpenes that have been shown to significantly reduce anxiety. Burning this resin is thought to activate “ion” channels in the brain, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety.

These calming effects of Copal also allow the body to wind down and destress in readiness for sleep. It has long been used by the ancients to promote emotional balance and to calm down the nervous system.


Copal is a powerful incense to use during meditation. It is linked with the crown chakra, deepening connection to the mystical and encouraging pure thoughts during meditation. Copal also helps to strengthen the auric body, helping to remove stagnant energy.

It is believed that Copal unites the energising force of the sun with the grounding properties of the earth, drawing out and transmuting negative energy on every level.

Energetic cleansing

In line with most other incenses, Copal has a long history of traditional use as a space clearer, eradicating negative energy from places and objects.

It’s clean, light and woody scent is said to bring a positive and loving energy that will fill the home with peaceful energies.

Folklore and history

Copal is referenced in the Mayan book the "Popol Vuh", which includes a long passage describing how the sun, moon, and stars arrived on earth bringing Copal with them.

The 16th-century Spanish friar Bernardino de Sahagun reported that the Aztec people used Copal as makeup, adhesive for masks, and in dentistry where Copal was mixed with calcium phosphate to affix precious stones to teeth. Copal was also used as a chewing gum and a medicine for various ailments.

Copal is still used by the indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America as an incense and during sweat lodge ceremonies. Its magical qualities aid with the process of opening to the soul and to intuition and inspiration. It is thought to be food for the ancestors and is offered as a way of saying thank you.

Traditional use

Derived from the sap of native trees of the Buresa family in South America, Copal is a smoky, sweet incense used by the indigenous tribes of the Americas for ceremonies and rituals. Trees in the Buresa family were seen as medicinal trees that were traditionally used to combat disease and repel mosquitos and other biting insects.

The word Copal is from the Aztec word “copalli” and was considered the sacred blood of the trees. This resin was also used as a binder for pigments used on Mayan murals and in a jewellery making technique that has forever been lost to the annals of history.

Typical use

It is recommended to use several tears or a small handful for burning on a charcoal disk.


None known.


Our Copal Oro resin tears

Our Copal Oro resin tears is higher quality because it's freshly harvested by knowledgeable family farmers, as well as it's stored in the cold and dark. It contains a high content of essential oils. It is chemical free, non bleached, all natural and organic.

Our Copal Oro resin tears is ethically harvested by local family farmers.


Our products are of the highest quality but they have not been certified by the FDA neither Health Canada for human consumption. Therefore, we have to specify that they cannot be sold for human consumption. They are sold for incense and soap making purposes, decorative purposes and/or legitimate ethnobotanical research. The information given about the plants is for academic purposes only and not intended to be used medically. TrancePlants, its suppliers, agents, employees and distributors cannot be held accountable for any misuse of the products offered.



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