Balsam Copaiba Essential Oil at a Glance

Balsam Copaiba Copaifera officinalis is gaining popularity and for good reason. Copaiba is the balsam (oleoresin) tapped from the trunk of the Copaiba tree, a genus of Copaifera, that accumulates in the cavities of the tree trunk. The process is like tapping for syrups. It’s an incredible source that can be harvested without concern of sustainability. When it’s harvested, it’s a clear, thin liquid. Once it is in contact with air, it becomes a beautiful golden light brown and thickens. Around 90% of Brazil’s resin is used for essential oil production. The term balsam is 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 essentials oils have powerful therapeutic properties. The molecules are made of chemical families, with the gentle sesquiterpenes being dominant in Copaiba. Within these families are the components (constituents) that give essential oils and their parent plants the aroma and therapeutic actions. Copaiba essential oil has a high content of the constituent Caryophellane (beta, trans and humulene), which is known for its powerful analgesic properties. The Copaifera officinalis can have up to 87% b-caryophellane, older sources showing around 53%. There was very little research into Copaiba essential oil until recently with the referenced article, Copaifera of the Neotropics: A Review of the Phytochemistry and Pharmacology was published May 18, 2018. (1) New biological studies have been published that go some way to unraveling the action mechanism of the isolated sesquiterpenes and diterpenes in Copaiba. In the 2018 study, it stated that the oleoresins from Copaifera species (copaiba) have been used by native peoples of the Amazon region for thousands of years in pain creams and solutions. It showed to have remarkable biological activities which included antibacterial, antiparasitic, antineoplastic, and anti-inflammatory activities. 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 effects the aroma and overall therapeutic properties. If you use and dilute your oil accordingly, Copaiba has no known safety concerns.

If you use and dilute your oil accordingly, Copaiba has no known safety concerns.