9 Powerful Copaiba Essential Oil Benefits & Uses

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The most impressive health benefits of copaiba essential oil include its ability to reduce pain and inflammation, ease headaches, protect against infections, heal the skin, prevent fungal growth, and boost respiratory health. It can also be used to improve the health of the skin and hair, maintain bladder control, boost healing, tighten the skin, and lower blood pressure.

What is Copaiba Essential Oil?

Copaiba essential oil is a distilled oil from an oleoresin called copaiba. This resin is produced as a sap from a tree in South America from the Copaifera L. genus. Although the resin itself can change its color depending on the ratio of resin to essential oil, once the oil is distilled out, it should be pale yellow in color with a slightly bitter taste and an aroma that is reminiscent of the balsam of the tree. It is also often referred to as copaiba balsam essential oil.

Copaiba is considered to be one of the most anti-inflammatory substances on earth, yet much of the world only uses copaiba as a lacquer or varnish. In traditional medicine, this essential oil has been used extensively by indigenous people and is now spreading around in the world.

The active components in copaiba essential oil are quite powerful, consisting mainly of terpenes, which are hydrocarbons that have significant effects on the functioning of our body. Fortunately for us, most of the side effects of the terpenes found in copaiba essential oil are very beneficial for our health. That being said, if you consume too much of this potent oil, it can cause stomach issues on par with food poisoning. Fortunately, allergies to this essential oil are rare, and it can be used both, for topical applications, and in a diffused state in aromatherapy.

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Health Benefits of Copaiba Essential oil

From the skin to respiratory health, copaiba oil is used for many body functions. Let’s take a closer look at some of these proven health benefits below.

Reduces Pain

Copaiba essential oil is a wonderful analgesic and has been used in this capacity for generations. According to a study, individuals with joint pain and inflammation who used copaiba reported favorable results. “Basic research has suggested mechanisms of benefit of this essential oil in treating inflammatory arthritis,” says Dr. Charles Hennekens, MD, Dr. P.H., and senior author of the paper. Whether in an aromatherapeutic context or when topically applied, the oil has neuroprotective properties. It can help reduce pain, loosen muscles, and ease the discomfort of headaches and migraines.

Skin Care

One of the most notable and popular health benefits of copaiba essential oil is derived from its astringent property. A study published in the Alternative Medicine Review journal revealed that a topical application of copaiba essential oil helped reduce the appearance of acne on the face. Copaiba’s active components tighten the skin, which can help the skin look younger, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and even strengthen the skin to prevent lesions or wounds as the body ages.

Reduces Scars

Not only does it protect the skin and physically change it, but copaiba essential oil also heals the skin and infuses the body with powerful nutrients and organic compounds. Copaiba essential oil is often topically applied to scars in order to speed their healing and reduce their visibility. This includes acne scars, blisters, marks, and pimples.

Relieves Congestion

In an aromatherapy context, copaiba essential oil is often turned to by people suffering from some sort of congestive problem or respiratory issue. When inhaled, the soothing nature of the copaiba essential oil, which is famed as an anti-inflammatory substance, can ease any discomfort and loosen the tensed muscles and glands that might be causing the irritation. However, studies on humans are needed to verify this therapeutic benefit.

Prevents Infection

The strong antibacterial nature of copaiba essential oil can act as a major booster for your immune system. It can act as a shield for your skin, protecting any wounds from developing an infection. It also protects you internally by eliminating harmful bacteria and microorganisms that may be negatively affecting you internally. Furthermore, a 2019 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology reveals that the essential oil is used to treat urinary tract infections by indigenous people due to its antimicrobial properties.

Improves Mood

In aromatherapy, copaiba essential oil has often been used to lighten the spirit and improve mood. There aren’t many essential oils that have such a sweet, pleasant smell of rich honey, and the combination of the scent and its gentle effects on your hormonal balance can significantly improve your day.

Diuretic in Nature

Copaiba essential oil can help cleanse the body and detoxify the system by stimulating urination. As a diuretic substance, copaiba essential oil can help everything from incontinence to bedwetting, when applied properly.

Prevents Fungal Infections

When it comes to fungal infections, there aren’t too many essential oils that can do the trick, but the unique terpene structures found in copaiba essential oil are effective as antifungal agents. If you suffer from athlete’s foot or any sort of nail fungus, applying some copaiba essential oil should significantly speed up the healing process and protect you from future infections.

Lowers Blood Pressure

For boosting your heart health and reducing the chances of a heart attack or stroke, add some copaiba to your aromatherapy ritual or the essential oil regimen. Copaiba essential oil has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, as per a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. These properties can help relieve the tension and strain in your blood vessels, allowing blood pressure to drop and making the strain disappear from your cardiovascular system. This helps prevent atherosclerosis, which is one of the leading causes of stroke and coronary heart disease.

Oral Care

A 2016 study published in The Open Dentistry Journal revealed that copaiba essential oil gel proved to be effective against all strains of StreptococcusResearchers suggested that it can be used as a natural, alternative dental biofilm control. Other studies suggest exploring the therapeutic potential of the essential oil for oral care due to its potent antimicrobial properties.


Copaiba oil is largely used in traditional medicine due to its healing and antiseptic properties. Another research in the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice journal states that both massage oils and essential oils possibly have analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits. 

Where to Buy Copaiba Essential oil?

As a general rule, it is best to buy essential oils from a trusted source. Always buy copaiba essential oil which is all-natural, derived from the copaiba oleoresin and does not have any chemicals mixed in it.

Blending: It blends well with other essential oils such as jasmine, vanilla, sandalwood, frankincense, and ylang-ylang oils.

Word of Caution: As mentioned earlier, excessive use of this oil can lead to stomach problems, but generally, this essential oil is very safe. It may be rare, but if you’re willing to put in the effort to acquire it, copaiba essential oil can be a very powerful weapon in your ongoing journey towards great health.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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