More About Our Copal CO2 Extract
Size: 1.5 ml amber glass vial
Source: South Africa
Production method: CO2 extraction. The select extract is filtered to remove thick and waxier parts
Botanical name: Daniella oliveri
Homeopathic Properties of Copal CO2 Extract
Internal–-oral semi- or homeopathic dose only, suppository, inhalation
External–topical application, massage, skin application, application to energy centers and meridian points
Observations and Anecdotal Information
Copal CO2 extract comes from a brushy tree that grows in many locations throughout western Africa. The wood is traded as “West African gum copal”. It is used for many purposes, including drum making, bowls, and interior furniture.
The resin is traded as “Gum copal”, and is burned in ceremonies as incense. It is also used to fumigate houses and clothing, and to repel insects.
In Nigeria, drums are soaked in a dilution of the resin, which gives them a deeper tone.
The gum and its essential oil or CO2 extracts are used extensively by herbalists and in traditional African medicine. It is used to treat headache and migraine, and taken internally as a “cure” for diarrhea.
It is a purgative, and will supposedly flush the diarrhea out by increasing (and completing) its action. It is also used as a topical treatment for sores and skin conditions, and can be applied directly to skin for this purpose.
It is considered a diuretic, and has a detoxifying effect on the urinary system. It is also used as an aphrodisiac. It has pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.
I find it to have a powerfully protective spiritual presence, as do many plants that are used in ceremonies.
Science has backed this up, with findings of anti-epileptic and anti-convulsant properties in the oil. It may be helpful for reducing seizures or convulsions, consistent with the indigenous tradition of driving out “bad spirits” from a person.
- Do not use for infants, small children, pregnant or lactating mothers.
- Can be sensitizing–do not use within 24 hours of direct sun or UV light exposure.
- Do not use for long periods, repeated use over months may cause sensitization.
None of our products are recognized or approved by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. This information is anecdotal, and is provided for educational purposes only. It is not meant to be taken as medical advice. See a health care professional for medical advice.