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Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil

Copaifera Reticulata, officinalis, or langsdorffii

Also known as Copaiba Essential Oil

Known Uses

Copaiba Essential Oil is considered to be one of the most anti-inflammatory substances on earth. It acts as an analgesic, whether in aromatherapy or when applied topically. It can help to loosen muscles, eliminate pain in joints, and even ease the discomfort of headaches or migraines. In aromatherapy, it can relieve respiratory congestion and loosen tense muscles, as well as reduce high blood pressure.

Copaiba Oil’s active components literally tighten the skin, which can help the skin look younger, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and even strengthen the skin. It also heals the skin by infusing into it powerful organic compounds that can reduce the visibility of scars and heal acne. It acts as a shield for your skin, protecting any wounds from becoming infected. It has strong antibacterial properties that boost the immune system and provide internal protection, eliminating harmful bacteria and microorganisms. The unique components of Copaiba Essential Oil also make it a very effective antifungal. It will speed the healing of athlete’s foot or nail fungus when applied directly.


Copaiba is native to tropical Africa and North and South America. It was first recorded in European medicine in 1625, having been brought back from the New World by the Jesuits and called Jesuit's Balsam. It has been used in the treatment of chronic cystitis, bronchitis, chronic diarrhea, and as a topical preparation for hemorrhoids. In the United States, it was an official drug from 1820 to 1910. Ethno-botanist Mark Plotkin reports that Copaiba Oil has been used in the United States as a disinfectant, diuretic, laxative, and stimulant, in addition to being used in cosmetics and soaps. The Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients cites that Copaiba has diuretic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, disinfectant, and stimulant activities. The production of Copaiba Oil is especially significant to the Amazon because it represents approximately 95% of Brazil's oil-resin production industry.


If you consume too much of this potent oil, it can cause stomach problems on par with food poisoning, such as stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, tremor, groin pain, and sleeplessness. Allergies to Copaiba Essential Oil are rare, and it can be used both in topical applications and in a diffuser. In some people, when applied topically, it can cause redness, itching, and a rash that might leave brown spots after healing. To test for skin sensitivity or allergy, mix a few drops of oil with a tablespoon of carrier oil (coconut, jojoba, virgin olive) and apply topically before using full strength.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use Copaiba Essential Oil in medicinal amounts.

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