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You will smell it before you see it. Breu, a natural resin from the Almacega tree in the Amazon, is revered for its aromatherapeutic benefits such as peace of mind, focus and balance. Over time, it has been burned in ancient Aztec-and Mayan-rituals from Mexico to Central America, and smudged by Shamans for spiritual cleansing purposes in South America, giving off a smoky dark scent of fresh earth and crushed leaves, invoking ripe lemons and fallen pine needles.
When COSTA BRAZIL founder Francisco Costa brought Breu home with him to get tested after a trip into the Brazilian rainforest, he discovered the resin also contained antimicrobial and skin soothing properties when used topically. That’s why the raw ingredient is found in so many of our products—Kaya Anti-Aging Face Oil, Body Cream, Bath Salts and Candle—the latter of which allows our signature scent to linger in a room like it would after a sacred ritual in the jungle, its welcoming arms opening and enveloping you whole.
Burn, blow, breathe.
Like the act of burning sage for cleansing purposes, hold a flame to a piece of raw resin and allow to burn for up to 60 seconds. Extinguish, inhale and enjoy the fragrant presence of Breu.
A Step-by-Step Guide
Place a small piece of resin, approximately one inch in size, on the enclosed handcrafted ceramic tray, or another safe heat-resistant surface of your choice.
Hold flame and burn for up to 60 seconds, allowing resin to emit a smoldering, fragrant trail of smoke.
Gently extinguish the flame by blowing or fanning out, careful not to handle until stones have cooled down.
What exactly is a resin?
A sticky sap-like substance that exudes from a tree when its bark has been pierced.
What are some of Breu’s curative properties?
Breu resin has been burned for centuries to help ease headaches, and relieve stress. It’s also been used to arouse creativity and concentration, as well as balance the sixth chakra, the center of the mind’s intuition. Externally, it’s burned to repel mosquitos—and evil spirits alike.
Does harvesting Breu resin hurt the almacega tree?
Costa Brazil works closely with native farmers and environmental conservationists to wild harvest this raw resin sustainably and for a fair price. No trees are harmed in the process.
What does Breu smell like when burned?
The raw resin releases a warm yet complex aroma of wood, crushed leaves, moisture and soil, much like the deep-rooted ground of the Amazon rainforest. Notes of tobacco, orris root from the iris flower and styrax leave a floral yet spicy finish.