Plant Origin: Brazil, South America
Method: Balsam is extracted from tree
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Sesquiterpene
Aroma: Mild aroma, often described as “delicate.” Sweet, smooth, creamy-woody.
Note (Evaporation Rate): Base
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot #COP-103
germacrene D 10.61%
The Copaiba is a tall tree native to regions of South America, most notably the Amazonian Basin of Brazil. This 100% natural balsam is drawn from the trunks of the copaiba tree in a manner that does not harm the trees, and then it is gently refined. Copaiba contains the highest amounts of beta caryophyllene
of any known essential oil. Research suggests that beta caryophyllene
may reduce inflammation and be effective against bacteria.
Copaiba Balsam essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Digestion, stomach aches
Fungal, toenail infection
Skin, infection, inflammation, psoriasis, wounds
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
Antibacterial Activity of Copaiba Oil Gel on Dental Biofilm
Copaiba was cytotoxic to B16F10 (mouse) melanoma cells in vitro, and oral administration significantly reduced lung tumors (which had metastasized from injected B16F10 cells) in mice (Lima et al 2003).
(See Essential Oil Usage
for more information and a dilution chart
Dilute with a carrier oil
, unscented lotion
or unscented cream
and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator
for ease of application of prediluted oil. Tested at 8% dilution on 25 volunteers it was neither irritating nor sensitizing (Tisserand/Young).
or use a personal Nasal Inhaler
Copaiba is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.
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The following anecdotal testimonies have not been reviewed by the FDA.
The products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure disease.
Information shared on the HEO website is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice given by your trusted health care provider.
We believe that essential oils are provided by the Lord to support our health and well-being.
The Lord is our wisdom, protector and healer.
(Genesis 1:29-30, Ezekiel 47:12)
1. I have struggled recently with thrush [fungal issue] in my mouth and irritating sores on my gums and tongue
. My tongue has felt raw and burning. My MD prescribed an oral rinse that basically was an expensive dud. I had some Copaiba that I got for my eczema, and thinking that my mouth issues were probably also related to the fungal issues, I decided I was desparate enough to try it. I tipped my head back and let about 3 drops fall into my mouth. I swished it as long as I could and then swallowed it. The relief was immediate, and less than three days later all the sores were gone. This stuff is fantastic! - E.T.
2. I just wanted to update a post I wrote nearly a month ago... I have been applying Frankincense
and Copaiba oils to a sebaceous cyst
on my back, and within two weeks the size had reduced. It's now less than half the size it was, and when it's gone completely or nearly gone, I hope to post pictures. I took "before" photos and am eager to take some "after" photos! These oils really work!! :) - Joanne
3. We have used Frankincense and Copaiba (3 drops each) with coconut oil in a gelatin capsule for intense pain
, and it was pretty effective. - Sally
4. Last night I tweaked my back
, and this morning I could barely move without hurting. I put Pain-X
with Copaiba on my back, and shortly afterwards most of the pain was gone. I cannot be more relieved! If you've never used Copaiba, it is a great magnifier of the oils you put with it! - Desiree
[HEO Recommends the ReachAll Bamboo Wand
for areas that are difficult to reach.]
5. I diluted Copaiba and Frankincense with coconut oil and applied to my baby's gum. This brought a relieving calm. Dilution rate was 1%. - S.J.
Copaiba is non-toxic and has no known hazards or contraindications.
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 259.
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, New World Library, 2016.