Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil
Latin name: Copaifera Officinalis
Synonyms: Copahu balsam, copaiba, copaiva, Jesuit’s balsam, Maracaibo balsam, para balsam
Plant family: fabaceae
Extraction: Crude balsam is collected by drilling holes in the tree trunks, this is then distilled to gain essential oil
Origin: Native to North east and Central South America, mainly produced in Brazil
Plant characteristics: Wild growing tropical tree, up to 18 meters high, with thick foliage and many branches.
Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil characteristics: Pale yellow or greenish mobile liquid with a mild, sweet, balsamic-peppery odour.
Traditional use: Used for Centuries in Europe in the treatment of chronic cystitis and bronchitis; also for treating piles, chronic diarrhoea and intestinal problems.
Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil blends well with: Cananga, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla, Jasmine, Violet and other floras.
Cautions and comments: Relatively non-toxic, non-irritant, possible sensitisation. Large doses cause vomiting and diarrhoea.
Main chemical constituents: Mainly caryophyllene.
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.