HighlightsQualities: Woodsy, warm, clean aroma
Properties: Pure aromatic resin
Cultivation: Wild-harvested Cultivation Definitions
Copal is a natural resin obtained from the copal tree. It has a history as a ceremonial incense in Mesoamerican cultures. It is distinguishable by its light citrine colour. Use in meditative and therapeutic practices. Not to be taken internally.
Extraction method: Wild-harvested tree resin. Raw.
Shelf life: Indefinite when stored properly
Storage: Keep sealed in a cool, dark place. Heat, oxygen, and light degrade the product.
To burn as incense, place a charcoal round on a fireproof surface, hollow side up. Carefully light the round with a match or lighter. The round will begin to spark. When the sparking dies down somewhat, sprinkle a few pieces of resin atop the charcoal. A little goes a long way. Take extra caution as charcoal round and surface around it will become quite hot. Burn in a well-ventilated area and do not inhale the smoke.
How to Brew Herbal Teas
As a rule of thumb, add 1 tsp. dried herb per cup hot water (though you can make your tea as strong or weak as you’d like).
INFUSIONS are for plant materials that are relatively fragile (leaves, fruits, seeds, flowers and roots with high volatile oils like Valerian or GoldenSeal). Place a tight-fitting lid over the tea, and allow to steep for 10-20 minutes, or overnight – depending on the flavour and strength you wish.
DECOCTIONS are like infusions but are used when the plant material is tenacious (such as roots, barks, nuts and non-aromatic seeds). This method makes very concentrated teas, so the plant material can be used 2-3 times before discarding. Bring water to a boil. Add herb to boiling water, cover with tight-fitting lid, and allow to simmer on low heat for 15-20 mins. Remove from heat and strain.
How to brew when your blend has both fragile and tenacious herbs?
You do both methods! First decoct your roots, barks or seeds as described above. Turn off the heat, and then add the leaves/flowers and leave to steep for as long as you desire.
100% pure Shorea javanica resin