Balsam Copaiba Essential Oil (Copaifera officinalis)


Balsam Copaiba may also be referred to as Balsam Copaiba, Copahu Balsam, Copaiba Balsam, Jesuit's Balsam, Maracaibo Balsam, Para Balsam. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the gum/resin.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Balsamic Earthy Exotic Resinous Sensual Sweet Warm

  • Common Name(s): Balsam Copaiba, Copahu Balsam, Copaiba Balsam, Jesuit's Balsam, Maracaibo Balsam, Para Balsam
  • Synonyms(s) for Copaifera officinalis: Copaiba officinalis, Copaifera jacquini, Copaiva officinalis

  • Botanical Family: Fabaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Copaifera
  • Chemical Family: Sesquiterpenes
  • Perfumery Note: Base
  • Aroma chemistry: Balsam Copaiba essential oil contains a significant percentage of b-caryophyllene that carries anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-spasmodic benefits. B-caryophyllene is known to be antiviral and have immunostimulant properties. There has been some animal research that shows b-caryophellen and a-humulene to have some anti-tumoral benefits.
  • Indigenous Country: Brazil
  • Cultivation: Wild Harvested
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Gum/Resin
  • Shelf Life: 8 years
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Safety Precautions for Balsam Copaiba:

There is no known safety concern for Balsam Copaiba essential oil.

Traditional Folklore

Traditional Folklore of Balsam Copaiba:

Balsam Copaiba essential oil is a great oil to use for pain of any kind. It is also great to use for respiratory issues, because of the b-caryophyllene content.  Botany Copaiba trees grow from 50-100ft high. C officials occurs widely throughout South America, including the Amazon. The tree produces many small, white flowers. The resin accumulates within the tree trunk. A single copaiba tree can provide about 40 liters of resin annually, making it a sustainable rainforest resource that can be harvested without destroying the tree or the forest in which it grows.Traditional Folklore Indigenous tribes use copaiba resin topically as a wound healer, to stop bleeding, for skin sores and psoriasis. In Brazillian herbal medicine, the resin is used as a strong antiseptic and expectorant for the respiratory tract (including bronchitis and sinusitis), as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic for the urinary tract (for cystitis, bladder and kidney infections). In the United States it was an official drug in the U.S. Pharmacopeia from 1820 to 1910.

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities