Perfect addition to your altar, incense cabinet, or sacred space! Add to your energetic smudging practices, or just for the lovely scent of pure Copal! You will also receive an information sheet on smudging and resins.
Copal (Bursera microphylla) comes from the sturdy Bursera tree in the regions of southern Mexico. The resin is formed when the tree is cut and a thick milky liquid seeps out. It is dark in color, very black, but changes color as it dries. is a golden, black, or white resin whose sacred smoke many people believe carries messages to the spirit world. The spirit of this plant and it's medicine can allow us to see life more clearly and inspires divine insights. The Mayan Indians hold copal as very sacred and have used it in ceremonies since before the invasion of the Spanish to the Americas. The gum [resin] is boiled, shaped into hard pellets, burned with live coals in incense burners, and the fumes allowed to pass over the body to cure various illnesses, to protect oneself against sorcery, sickness, and misfortune, and to cleanse the body after contact with the ritually unclean, especially sick persons and corpses. Healers may use copal as a diagnostic tool to help them see the deeper dimensions of a client's energy field, gazing through the smoke to detect illness and energy blockages. It may be used for clearing and clarifying the mind since it holds the influence of purification and protection. The dried resin, when burned, emits an odor akin to frankincense but with a lighter, citrusy tone. It's clean, crisp fragrance is ideal for use in self-purification rituals, clearing a space, or purifying ritual objects.
Plant resins, being less processed than essential oils, hold more essence of the plant and more spirit energy. This concentration of the "blood" of the plant is what make them powerful reservoirs of natural energies. They are different than essential oils and are meant to be used in different ways. The most common way to use resins is to place them on a burning piece of charcoal tablet allowing the aroma of the smoke to fill the space, releasing its energy and essence. They are also a key ingredient in making true and real incense combined with essential oils and finely ground woods, such as sandalwood. They can be used for their aromatic qualities alone, as an aid to holistic healing, and of course in spiritual and religious rituals. We burn them alone, or in combination with one another and occasionally combine resins with our herbal smudges in the smoke bowl, to enhance the effects of the herbs.
To smudge yourself or another, direct smoke (this is typically done with a feather) toward the heart first, then over the head, down the arms and the front of the body. To smudge a home, open windows if possible to allow the room to clear. Walk room to room wafting smoke as you go, say a personal blessing if needed. For objects, waft smoke over object or pass object through the smoke (if small). *It is always recommended to protect your burning bowl with a bed of sand or ash, as it can get rather hot if using a charcoal to burn. Extra charcoal tablets to add to your order can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/219137475/charcoal-tablets-two-tubes-for-smudging?ref=shop_home_active_1
"The word ‘smudge’ comes from the old English word smogen. It is cited in several dictionaries as coming from 1400-50 late Middle English. It means to smear, blur, obscure, to smother with smoke, to use dense smoke to protect an area from insects. Another meaning is also ‘taken by surprise’. In English the term ‘smudge’ also means smut or dirt. It has been in use since the 15th century, and first appeared after the Norman conquest, so it’s certainly of Germanic origin." - Rachel Patterson
Smudging is a common vernacular for the sacred smoke bowl blessing, a powerful clearing and cleansing technique for your body, tools, crystals and home. Smudging is a recommended and welcome practice on a frequent basis to clear negative or stagnant energy, clear energies from your body and mind after work, and to purify the air during and after illnesses of all kinds. Also a wonderful tool to cleanse new items entering your home, or after visitors exit, to neutralize and charge the air with positive energy. Smudging can, and should, be done during ritual of any tradition, to create sacred space, and charge ritual tools.
From our home in the foothills of North Carolina to yours...happy smudging for your health and wellbeing. Smudge daily!
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