Copaiba essential oil (Copaifera officinalis or Copaifera reticulta) is also called copaiba balsam, although the oil is not a true balsam.
This essential oil contains large amounts of beta-caryophyllene. That compound interacts with cannabinoid receptors in your skin and causes skin cells to produce beta-endorphin, one of the happiness hormones, according to aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand. He also notes beta-caryophyllene can help reduce inflammation, and copaiba is one of the safest oils to use on the skin. Copaiba essential oil for skin can help soothe and relieve skin irritation, including chronic skin disease.
Plant family: Fabaceae
Production: Steam-distilled from the natural oleoresin collected from the tree, which grows wild in tropical areas. You can also buy an oleoresin that hasn't been distilled—some sources state the oleoresin is more useful for healing uses.
Aroma: Spicy, sweet, earthy, warm.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Base. The oil is often used as a fixative in perfumes and soapmaking.
Is copaiba safe to use during pregnancy? Generally considered safe. Consult a professional.
Is copaiba essential oil safe for children? Yes.
Cautions: None known.
Main components of Copaifera officinalis:
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Use copaiba for sore throat, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, stomachache, muscle pain, arthritis, skin fungus (including athlete's foot), and inflamed skin conditions. The oil also promotes general well-being.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Uses for copaiba essential oil include helping relieve hemorrhoids, chills, colds, coughs, and stress-related conditions.
Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume 2: Copaiba is a strong oil for helping relieve inflammation, especially in the context of a damp terrain. The oil's main indication is for chronic mucous discharges. The oil is also useful in dealing with non-healing wounds, ulcers, fistulas, boils, furuncles, skin fungus, scaly skin disorders, sprains, and painful joints.
Copaiba is emotionally and spiritually calming, balancing, and grounding, according to Aromaweb.
Foot Soak for Aching Feet
Combine ingredients. Stir the blend into a foot basin filled with warm water. Soak your feet for 15-30 minutes. Source: Young Living Blog
Massage Oil to Relieve Swelling and Pain
For adult use only.
Combine all the ingredients in a one-ounce glass bottle. Cap and shake well. Massage a little of blend into swollen or painful areas as needed.
Adapted from Jaime Vinson, BSN, RN, HN-BC, RYT, NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Autumn 2019.3, p. 63.
Sore Muscle Soak
For adult use only.
Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Stir into a warm bath.
Adapted from Cheryl Murphy, Certified Aromatherapy, NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Winter 2019.4, p. 11.
Diffuse copaiba for its calming benefits.
Air Freshening Diffuser Blend
Blend essential oils in a small dark bottle. Use a few drops in your aromatherapy diffuser according to manufacturer's instructions.
Breathing Support Diffuser Blend
support your upper respiratory system, diffuse a blend of 3 drops each
of copaiba, cypress, and eucalyptus globulus essential oils. Source: Plant Therapy
Add copaiba to your daily moisturizer to give skin a youthful, radiant glow. The oil moisturizes and nourishes dry skin and hair.
Face Mask for Dull Skin
Copaiba reduces the appearance of blemishes. The honey, lemon juice, and egg white tighten and brighten skin.
Source: Young Living Blog
For adult use only.
To use: Rub a dime-sized amount of the blend onto chest and neck every 3 to 4 hours or as needed.
Source: Rehne Burge, C.A., NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Winter 2020.4, p. 100.
Copaiba is a hearty base note for men’s blends, including homemade aftershave and other aromatherapy blends for men.
Men’s Fragrance Spray
Source: Everyday Basics from ACHS