Copal is a young material, which is abundant in the forests of Madagascar and often found in the form of natural "wands", sometimes with insects or plant life encapsulated within. It is at the interim stage between being raw resin that has "bled" from trees or other plants and its fossilised form, known as amber. It has been widely burnt as incense and used in sweat lodge rituals and other sacred ceremonies. Although relatively young it has a warmth to its energy, and lends itself to bringing attributes of flexibility and pliability to many life or healing situations. It is a reminder of the joy and verve of youth, and when combined with the wisdom of the Earth exuded and given as sap, can be a useful tool for healing or meditation.