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Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil

Copaiba Balsam

Copaiba Balsam is steam distilled from the gum/resin of Copaifera officinalis, a tree that is native to Brazil and parts of South America. It's a lesser known botanical and oil, and I'm still getting acquainted with its intriguing aroma and applications.

Aromatically, Copaiba Balsam Essential has a deep, rich, earthy, grounding aroma. It can be used as a fixative in natural aromatics in place of Oakmoss Absolute. This is especially appealing since Oakmoss Absolute possesses a high risk of skin sensitivity.

Emotionally and spiritually, Copaiba Balsam Essential is calming, balancing and grounding.

Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil

Limited information about Copaiba Balsam is documented in reliable texts. However, GC/MS reports from reliable suppliers concur that Copaiba Balsam consists of at least 90% sesquiterpenes. Sequiterpenes tend to possess noteworthy antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Please see the uses section below for additional uses for Copaiba Balsam.

Botanical Name

Copaifera officinalis

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Gum/Resin

Color

Light Yellow

Consistency

Medium

Perfumery Note

Base

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium

Aromatic Description

Sweet, woody, resinous, earthy.

Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil Uses

Because Copaiba Balsam contains over 90% sesquiterpenes, the oil is said to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and may also exhibit anti-bacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Jane Buckle cites a study that indicates that Copaiba Balsam shows promise in assisting with acne. [Jane Buckle, PhD, RN, Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Healthcare, Edition 3 (London, UK: Elsevier, 2015), 272.]

Julie Lawless cites these additional possible uses: bronchitis, colds, stress, perfumery fixative. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 126.]

Major Constituents

B-Caryophyllene
a-Copaiene
delta-Cadinene
Gamma-Cadinene
Cedrol
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[Stashenko, E., et al,Catalytic Transformation of Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis) Oil Over Zeolite. (Journal of High Resolution Chromatography 18, 1995) 54-60. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 259.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Copaiba Balsam. However, reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended.[Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 259.]

Shelf Life

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