Copal incense has been used for centuries in Mesoamerica. Although it is available in other forms, resin is the most common for rituals and for refreshing. Most often called copal tears resin, these are really chunks of crystallized copal resin. It is believed to open the soul to creativity.
Because it is not self-lighting, you'll need to burn it with self-lighting charcoal made especially for burning resin and powder incense, such as Three Kings Charcoal. Once placed on burning charcoal, it makes a sweet, thick smoke. Some people grind the resin chunks before burning, and others prefer to use the chunks whole.
Because of its soft, warming sweet smoke, is is traditionally burned in protection, cleansing and purification ceremonies. This is the same incense that was burned atop the ancient pyramids of the Aztecs and Mayans.
The word copal is derived from the Nahuatl word copalli, meaning incense. It is believed that the resin was extracted from the Tree of Life and given to humans as a gift by the Mayan gods.
Not for use by children. Never leave burning incense unattended.