We just added a lovely Copaiba Balsam essential oil to our collection. This was prompted by a natural health professional requesting it specifically, so we brought some in for them. And we love it!
Copaiba Balsam oil is distilled from the resin of trees growing throughout South America. The trees grow wild, and no harm comes to them from extraction of the resin (like Frankincense and Myrrh).
The resin itself has been used by indigenous cultures for ages for wound healing, and in the last few years, scientific investigation (including a published in the Journal of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2009) indicated the oil had several wound healing properties, including being strongly antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and pain relieving.
It’s been used for bronchial illnesses as a chest rub (in a carrier) or diffuser (it’s too thick for the cold-air nebulizer alone, but will work in any ultrasonic or warming diffuser just fine).
AND MY GOODNESS! The smell is fantastic. It’s woody, earthy, and slightly sweet. We really enjoy it just for aromatic purposes. So, if you haven’t given Copaiba Balsam oil a try, we highly recommend it!