Copaiba Balsam Oil, Some Uses

Copaiba Balsam Oil, Some Uses

Copaiba balsam (Copaifera officinalis)  essential oil is a little known oil with some intriguing, yet quiet properties. The meaning of the botanical name for this oil is interesting. Copaifera refers to the South American tree called copei, which means plentiful, or it could possibly be referring to a South American river called Copaibo. Officinalis means it is officially used in medicine. (12)  So to me, that means it is plentiful  medicine. Gotta love that!

Balsam Copaiba 1The crude balsam is harvested by opening the bark and inserting a bamboo stick to drain the resin. And it has been used for centuries in South America to heal soothe and soften skin. Copaiba Balsam oil is distilled from the crude balsam. It is often used as a replacement for Myrrh by the Catholic church. They call it Jesuits’ Bark oil.  The scent of the essential oil it is not a complex scent. It smells like freshly unfurling leaves of the poplar tree as the buds spring off.

Aromatic influences: Brings inner peace and well being. Balancing and uplifting. Soothes troubled thoughts.

Combines well with:

Lavender, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Rose, Jasmine, Vanilla,  florals, woods, and spices. Basically, it’s like Lavender. It combines well with nearly every oil.

Points of interest

  • Is often used as a fixative in soaps and cosmetics. It helps hold the scent of the oils used.
  • Is a good oil to use on dogs, especially when treating cancer.
  • Balsam Copaiba drawingAvoid while pregnant
  • Opens the breathing passages for deeper breathing.
  • For stomach upset and gastric issues, add 1-2 drops Copaiba Balsam to a teaspoon of carrier oil and massage into abdomen using clockwise strokes.
  • Calming.
  • Is helpful for meditation.
  • Soothes intestines.
  • Often used on the skin because it helps heal and moisturize.
  • Promotes a peaceful state of mind and a restful sleep.


Here are a few recipes involving Copaiba Balsam oil. To check for more, you can click on Copaiba Balsam in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Woman relaxing in the grassJC’s Sun Prep Formula

  • 10 drops Palmarosa
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Copaiba Balsam
  • 3 drops Clove Bud
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower Seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Seed oil

Mix all together and store in a dark colored glass bottle. Apply to skin before going out in sun to help protect skin. Use within 6 months.

JC’s Men’s Soap Blend

  • 2 teaspoons Bay Rum oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sandalwood oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Copaiba Balsam oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 pound Clear Glycerin Melt & Pour Soap Base

Tools needed:

  • 1 soap mold, can use candy molds as well. Silicone molds are easiest.
  • Spray bottle of Rubbing Alcohol
  • Double Boiler
  • 4 cup, glass Measuring Cup
  • Rubber spatula, measuring spoons, metal whisk or spoon for stirring.

Melt soap base in a double boiler on low heat. Keep soap under 160 degrees. Once soap is melted, gradually add turmeric powder, stirring the whole time. Remove pot from heat, pour into measuring cup, and stir in essential oils and Vitamin E oil. Pour soap into mold of choice. Spray tops of soap with rubbing alcohol to eliminate bubbles. Allow soap to cool and fully harden before using.

And finally,

Let’s hear from you. We need more recipes using Copaiba Balsam oil on here so please share them with us in the comment section at the bottom of the page. The most interesting ones will be added to the article, with all credit to you, of course!  We’ll even add any photos you give us.

Balsam Copaiba 2References

  1. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well Being, by Julia Lawless
  2. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils, by Kurt Schnaubelt
  3. The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy, by Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.
  4. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, by Valerie Ann Worwood
  5. The Soapmaker’s Companion: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipe’s Techniques & Know-How, by Susan Miller Cavitch
  6. The Aromatherapy Encyclopedia: A Concise Guide to Over 385 Plant Oils, by Carol Schiller & David Schiller

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I know many dog and horse people that use Copaiba almost as a poor man's Heliocrysllum Ital. for wounds and healing. I use it in a dry skin blend for mine and my sister's dogs - Copaiba, Balsam of Peru, and Peppermint - 3-5 drops of each in a 2 oz bottle and fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil.  I put in on my hands and massage it into the dogs.  The smell is a nice vanilla-mint and the girls really like it.  I also like it on my dry hands.  (I currently have 2 rescue toy schnauzers and a foster yorkie - my sister has a shepard/bordercollie mix and a mutt.)


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