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25 Exceptional Uses for Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil

Copaiba balsam essential oil

Copaiba Balsam (not to be confused with Balsam Peru) is the balsam (oleoresin) tapped from the trunk of the copaiba tree (a genus of Copaifera) that accumulates in the cavities of this Brazilian tree’s trunk.

The process of collecting it is like tapping for syrups. It’s an incredible source that can be harvested without concern for sustainability. When it’s harvested, it’s a clear, thin liquid.

Once it is in contact with air, it thickens and becomes a beautiful golden light brown. Brazil uses around 90% of its resin for essential oil production.

The term balsam refers to a solution of plant-specific resins in plant-specific solvents (essential oils). Copaiba balsam (Copaifera officinalis) was the first species described on record and is the most commonly used for essential oil.

Copaiba has a soft, resinous, earthy, sweet, sensual aroma that you’ll fall in love with.

Plants and their fixed oils or essentials oils have powerful therapeutic properties. The molecules are made of chemical families, sesquiterpenes being dominant in copaiba. Within these families are the components (constituents) that give essential oils and their parent plants the aromas and therapeutic actions.

Copaiba essential oil has a high content of the constituent caryophyllene (beta, trans, and humulene), which is known for its powerful analgesic properties. Copaiba balsam can have up to 87% b-caryophyllene, with older sources showing around 53%. There was very little research into copaiba essential oil until recently, when the article, “Copaifera of the Neotropics: A Review of the Phytochemistry and Pharmacology” was published May 18, 2018. (1)

In 2012, studies stated that the activities of the isolated compounds do not explain the strong activities of crude oleoresins. New biological studies have been published that go some way to unraveling the action mechanism of the isolated sesquiterpenes and diterpenes in copaiba.

In 2018, further studies stated that native peoples of the Amazon region have used the oleoresins from Copaifera species (copaiba) for thousands of years. It was shown to have remarkable biological activities, which included antibacterial, antiparasitic, antineoplastic, and anti-inflammatory effects.

Copaiba resin’s primarily studied constituents are largely composed of sesquiterpenoids, particularly β-caryophyllene (includes trans-caryophyllene and humulene). The resins are also composed of diterpene acids, which are responsible for many of the observed biological activities.

Although it’s only certain isolates that metabolize in the body, it is the total essential oil makeup (constituents) that affects the aroma and overall therapeutic properties.

Copaiba has no known safety concerns. Because of this, and its constituent properties, there are many therapeutic uses for this essential oil. Here is a list of 25 uses for copaiba balsam.

1. Treat Upper Respiratory Infections

Bacterial infection

Copaiba acts as an expectorant, easing coughs and bronchial inflammations. It also has anti-bacterial properties that can help combat bacterial infections.

You could try the following blend in a diffuser by adding 15 drops or according to your diffuser directions, and diffuse 30-60 minutes, with 30-minute breaks between sessions.

Option two is inhalation by direct inhalation from the bottle, or by making your own personal inhalers. Essential oil inhalers are available on Amazon or from aromatic suppliers. Add 15 drops of the following to one inhaler and inhale as needed. You can use copaiba on its own or in a blend. Since it is a thicker essential oil, it works well with thinner oils in inhalers.

Try the following:
  • 5 Drops Copaiba Copaifera officinalis
  • 5 Drops Lavender Lavendula angustifolia
  • 5 Drops Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia
  • 5 Drops Cedarwood Juniperus virginiana

*If you are making a blend you will use often, make a “master” blend by making larger quantities to store on hand for quicker use. Always store essential oils in amber bottles and in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life of your oils*

Option three is to use one drop of copaiba essential oil to one tablespoon of honey per day. You can break this up by taking one teaspoon every six hours. This is for adult use only, and not for those under 12 years of age. (2)

*IMPORTANT: More than stated in option three is not safe. Not all oils are ingestible, and many are for a limited time only usage to avoid possible side effects. Please consult with your physician and a qualified aromatherapist trained in internal use prior to ingesting essential oils. “Studies have shown that the ingestion of high doses of copaiba oil can cause adverse side effects, such as gastrointestinal irritation, sialorrhea (hypersalivation), and central nervous system depression.” *

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2. Reduce Allergies

The reduction of allergies starts by knowing what is causing the symptoms. To treat the symptoms, we must know the cause. For the symptoms such as runny nose, cough, and congestion from allergies, try the following blend:

For Kids:
  • 1-ounce olive oil or unscented lotion
  • 3 drops Copaiba Copaifera officinalis
  • 5 drops Lavender Lavendula angustifolia
  • 3 drops Ravensara Ravensara aromatica
For Adults:
  • 1-ounce olive oil or unscented lotion
  • 5 drops Copaiba Copaifera officinalis
  • 5 drops Ravintsara Cinnamomun camphora ct. 1,8 cineole
  • 5 drops Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia
  • 9 drops Cedarwood Juniperus virginiana

Directions: Apply to chest and neck (or back area) as needed, especially before going outside. This is a 3% blend. Due to the content of 1,8-cineole, the adult blend is not safe for children under the age of ten years old.

3. Soothe Sore Throats

Various studies have been done to evaluate the antimicrobial activity against several strains of bacteria successfully. (3)

Try 6 drops of copaiba in 1/3-ounce olive oil or other vegetable or “fixed” oil. Apply over lymph glands located behind our ears and the neck area to ease sore throat.

4. Improve Digestion

Improve digestion or appetite

Copaiba oil has been studied for digestive issues such as intestinal infections. Copaiba oleoresin showed antibacterial activity against several strains of bacteria, especially gram-positive Bacillus subtilis, which naturally occurs in the gastrointestinal tract of humans. Some species showed activity against intestinal mucosa and some did not. This may be due to where the various species were grown since, depending on environmental factors; plants produce different metabolites that can directly influence the activity or therapeutic properties of an oil.

Blending copaiba oils that also ease digestive issues with the “safe” mint spearmint, flowers, and spices can quickly ease symptoms and help support your digestive system. Try the following blend:

Belly Calm
  • 5 drops Copaiba Copaifera officinalis
  • 5 drops Sweet Orange Citrus sinesis
  • 3 drops Spearmint Mentha spicata
  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile
  • 1-ounce carrier oil or unscented lotion

Apply to abdominal area in a clockwise motion. Use 2-ounces of carrier oil or unscented lotion for children younger than 2-years old because their skin is more sensitive.