Copal Gum – 50g
Gum Copal: is a very environmentally friendly and high quality natural resin
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Gum Copal: is a very environmentally friendly and high quality natural resin which is soluble in ethanol.
Latin Name: Hymenaea verrucosa
Plant Family: Fabaceae
Other Names: Copal Tree, Tree of Heaven, East African Copal Tree, Zanzibar Copal, Mexican Frankincense, Paradise Tree, & Pom.
Our High Quality Copal comes from the Hymenaea verrucosa tree, native to East Africa, Madagascar and Indonesia which grows to a height of up to 25 metres. The bark of the tree is pale grey with a slight violet tint. The leaves are evenly pinnate, alternate ovately-oblong, asymmetric, 5-8cm in length, smooth, glossy and deep green in colour. The inflorescences form panicles of 5-petaled flowers with bracts at the base, white to yellowish-white in colour and 2.5-3cm in diameter.
It can have an appearance similar to amber and can be mistaken for it. Unlike amber, gum copal is usually only 100-1,000 years old and it has not yet fossilized.
The common name Copal used to identify this is derived from the Nahuatl language word ‘copalli’ which means ‘incense’? It was used by the cultures of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica (the Mayans) as ceremonially burned incense and for other purposes and is still used by a number of indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America as an incense. It was often used in religious occasions too in the form of sacrifices to deities (typically associating the copal as food for the gods)
More than 130 compounds, including fatty acids, flavonoids, terpenoids and steroids, phthalides, phenolic acids, procyanidins and coumarins have been identified. Copal is rich in triterpenes that have been shown to significantly reduce anxiety,
Incense: – it has a clean, light, fruity or citrus smell. It is believed that this resin incense is used for clearing and clarifying the mind, and for removing negative energies as it hold the influence of protection and purification.
Pharmaceutical: – used as medicine for several ailments such as in the treatment of burns, headache, nosebleed, fever, stomach ache and in the preparation of dental products and as a remedy for loose teeth and dysentery. Gum Copal like other natural materials is also used in the field of drug delivery as they are readily available, cost-effective, potentially degradable, eco-friendly and they are compatible.
There are no known specific cautions.
Information provided in the Herbal Apothecary is from the ‘folk herbalist’ tradition and does not pretend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. Celtic Earth Spirit advises you to consult a medical professional before trying any herbal product.
Produced in facilities handling Nuts, gluten, celery and mustard. Handling procedures are in place to reduce the likelihood of allergens being present, but we cannot guarantee our ingredients are totally free of traces in the products supplied.