Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil

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Copaifera officinalis
Wild Grown

About the Oil: This Copaiba essential oil, known for its high levels of beta caryophyllene and sweet aroma, is steam distilled from the gum resin tapped from the Copaiba tree in Brazil.

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Copaiba oil comes from trees in the genus Copaifera. These are leguminous trees, commonly found in Amazon rainforest (South America). These trees have tall trunks and branch out only at the top. Harvesting is done without harming trees by simply collecting the resin naturally produced. They secrete a sticky, viscous liquid called oleoresin. This transparent resin is then used to extract Copaiba essential oil using steam distillation process.


The resin of the Copaifera langsdorfii tree is of the collected and distilled to a fairly viscous, moderately dark oil. The aroma is truly heavenly – both sweet and earthy at the same time; a favorite of some of the staff here. We've also found the aroma improves with age (as would Sandalwood), getting smoother and more complex.

This soothing, balancing oil is wonderful by itself for those who enjoy its complex aroma. It also has a host of therapeutic benefits. The active components in Copaiba essential oil are quite powerful, consisting mainly of terpenes, which are hydrocarbons that can have significant effects on the functioning of our body. Copaiba oil is exceptionally rich in a special nutrient called beta-caryophyllene. This substance is its chief anti-inflammatory component. Copaiba oil contains roughly 50% beta caryophyllene, which is 6 – 8 times the amount found in clove essential oil (known as a superlative antioxidant). Considered one of the most anti-inflammatory substances on earth, yet much of the world only uses Copaiba as a lacquer or varnish.


Copaiba may be relatively new to the rest of the world, however, this essential oil has been used extensively by indigenous people of the Amazon and surrounding areas such as Peru for almost everything under the sun, and for at least four centuries. It is said that warriors of the Amazon region would rub the raw resin over their bodies after tribal conflicts. One of Copaiba Balsam essential oil's first recorded use as a medicine by Western scientists was the prevention of infections in newborns by application to the umbilicus. Copaiba is also known as copal in resin form.

Suggested Use


  • helps maintain healthy joints and muscles
  • eases discomfort
  • decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
  • reduces redness
  • diminishes swelling
  • soothes sore muscles
  • eases discomfort caused by headache and migraine


  • boosts respiratory health
  • aids in the expulsion of mucous
  • stimulates the bronchi
  • encourages proper nasal function
  • supports healthy lung function


  • stimulates healthy functioning of the immune system
  • neutralizes microbes
  • helps support a healthy bacterial environment
  • maintains a normal response to typical allergens associated with everyday life
  • quells irritation from environmental factors
  • counteracts physical hypersensitivity


  • promotes urination
  • assists in cleansing and detoxifying the body
  • helps maintain kidney action
  • helps to reduce excess buildup of fluid in the body
  • improves bladder control
  • Cardiovascular System
  • decreases blood circulation
  • helps to relieve stress


  • uplifting
  • improves mood
  • soothes
  • relieves tension
  • relaxes


  • helps support healthy skin tissue
  • helps heal burns and wounds
  • encourages cell regeneration
  • reduces scarring
  • minimizes stretch marks
  • neutralizes fungus
  • reduces redness
  • diminishes swelling
  • quells irritation
  • tightens the skin
  • firms and contracts exposed tissue
  • prevents moisture loss
  • softens and soothes skin
  • tones and restores venous circulation
  • promotes the healing of tissues
  • reduces the appearance of wrinkles, blisters and blemishes
  • strengthens skin against lesions that appear with age
  • Indicated for: sensitive skin, blemished skin, mature skin, sagging skin, inflammatory conditions, stretch marks, fine lines, varicose veins, athlete's foot, nail fungus


  • direct inhalation
  • steam bath
  • diffuser
  • oil vaporizer

Mood improvement

As an element of aromatherapy, copaiba essential oil has often been used to lighten the spirits, reduce stress and improve mood. There aren't many essential oils that have such a sweet, pleasant smell of rich honey, but the combination of the scent and its gentle effects on hormonal balance can significantly improve your day.


Copaiba essential oil is often turned to by people suffering from some sort of congestive problem or respiratory issue. When inhaled, the soothing nature of the copaiba essential oil, which is famed as an anti-inflammatory substance, can ease any discomfort and loosen the tensed muscles and glands that might be causing the irritation.

Heart Health

If you are interested in boosting heart health, the anti-inflammatory, soothing nature of copaiba essential oil can help to relieve the tension and strain in your blood vessels, allowing the strain to lessen from your cardiovascular system.


  • massage
  • compress
  • ointment
  • bath
  • sitz bath
  • skin care
  • Dilute for sensitive skin.
  • Sagging Skin
    • One of the most notable and popular benefits of Copaiba essential oil is derived from its astringent property. Copaiba's active components literally tighten the skin, which can help skin look younger, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and even strengthen the skin to prevent lesions or wounds as the body ages. Apply it directly onto skin areas which are sagging. Copaiba oil also boosts the secretion of collagen and elastin which contain the structure that makes skin firm and taut.
  • Blemishes
    • Take 2 drops of this oil on a cotton ball and apply it directly (without diluting ) on active acne. It reduces redness around the acne, making it much less noticeable. Use daily on affected areas.
  • Stretch Marks and Scars
    • Copaiba oil can be applied directly on stretch marks and scars to fade them. Massage into affected areas.
  • Varicose Veins
    • Copaiba oil improves blood circulation of veins close to skin, allowing them to drain back and reduce pooled blood.
  • Fungus
    • The unique terpene structures found in Copaiba essential oil are very effective against fungi. Massage into affected areas.
  • Sore muscles and joints
    • Whether in an aroma therapeutic context or when used in massage, Copaiba oil can help to reduce discomfort and loosen muscles and joints – even easing the discomfort of headaches and migraines.
  • Urination
    • Children who have the issue of bed wetting, or even adults who have difficulty in controlling the flow of urine can make use of Copaiba oil. Apply in generous amount on lower abdomen and massage. It helps to tone the muscles of the bladder and urinary tract, thus reducing embarrassing incidences.
  • Sitz Bath
    • If you never heard of it, sitz bath is a bath taken for the lower part of body only. It is used to relieve hemorrhoids and problems of genital region, like bacterial or fungal infections.
    • Add 8 – 10 drops of Copaiba oil in sitz bath. Its mild antimicrobial properties assist in getting rid of infections. It improves blood circulation and helps in hemorrhoid discomfort too.
  • Insect Bites
    • Use copaiba oil on a bite to quickly reduce swelling and get relief.
  • Disinfectant
    • The strong antimicrobial nature of copaiba essential oil can act as a major booster for your immune system. It can act as a shield for your skin, protecting wounds, and protects you internally, eliminating microorganisms that may be negatively affecting you from inside!


  • Copaiba oil can be used internally as a natural supplement to boost overall health and help reduce systemic inflammation. This works similar to fish oil in lowering inflammation all over the body. The effects may take time to be evident, but when they do, they are striking. DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL DIRECTLY, which may be somewhat harmful. Instead, add only 2 drops to a capsule. Take no more than 3 capsules in a day.
Aromatherapy Details

Copaiba Balsam essential oil is a base note that has the following qualities: Balsamic, Earthy, Exotic and Sensual, Resinous, Sweet, Warm and Radiant.


Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. Allergy to this oil is rare but if there is , then one should discontinue its use at once.

If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician.

Copaiba essential oil is safe to consume internally in dosage mentioned above. However, in large doses it can cause stomach pain and signs similar to food poisoning.