Balsam Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis)

Balsam Copaiba Description

Balsam Copaiba
Balsam Copaiba has anti-inflammatory properties

Balsam Copaiba is an excellent anti-inflammatory oil. It’s calming and grounding effects make it a great choice for asthma and lung issues.

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Latin Name/ Botanical Family

Copaifera officinalis / Fabaceae



Plant Parts Used


Extraction Method

Steam Distilled


Balsamic, Earthy, Exotic and Sensual, Resinous, Sweet, Warm and Radiant



Shelf Life

3-4 years

Key Chemical Components and Therapeutic Properties

One of the main chemical components of Balsam Copaiba is b-caryophyllene which provides analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and immune stimulating properties.

Balsam Copaiba can provide great skin and wound healing properties due to the high percentage of sesquiterpenes in this oil. It also has very powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a good choice for minimizing pain.  [1][2]

Its antispasmodic actions make it a great choice for asthma and lung conditions.  In addition, it has antibacterial properties.

Aromatherapists like to add Balsam Copaiba to blends because has the following therapeutic properties:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Immune Supportive

Combines Well With

It blends well with citrus oils, Frankincense, Silver Fir and Palo Santo

Blending Suggestions

  • Diffuser Blend: 3 drops Lavender and 2 drops Balsam Copaiba for a good night’s rest. Very Calming
  • Nasal Inhaler: To help encourage a calm mind, add 5 drops Balsam Copaiba, 5 drops Orange and 5 drops Frankincense to a blank nasal inhaler.  Inhale as needed.

Personal Notes

I love Balsam Copaiba with Lavender or Frankincense in my diffuser at night.  It helps set my mind at ease and calms me before retiring for the evening.

Safety Concerns

No known safety concerns


[1] Gertsch J (2008) Anti-inflammatory cannabinoids in diet: Towards a better understanding of CB(2) receptor action? Communicative & Integrative Biology 1:26-28

[2] Tambe Y, Tsujiuchi H, Honda G et al. (1996) Gastric cytoprotection of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory sesquiterpene, B-caryophyllene. Planta Medica 62: 469-470


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