Botanical name (Latin): Copaifera officinalis
Plant family: Fabaceae
Aroma profile: Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil smells sweet, woody, resinous and earthy.
Perfumery note: Base
Essential oil extraction method: Steam distillation
Native region/origin: Brazil
Growing habit: Sap-like substance
Parts used: Gum/Resin
Pain relief — Copaiba has high levels of β-Caryophyllene. This along with its other anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-septic, and anti-oxidant properties make it a potential source of pain relief. The research in this area is promising, especially for people with chronic joint pain who want an alternative to NSAIDs.
Skin care — Copaiba’s properties also have been studied for skin conditions. Research shows that application of Copaiba essential oil could be beneficial in fighting off harmful bacteria and microorganisms that can trigger an outbreak of acne. Positive results were also noted from a study done on addressing the skin condition psoriasis.
Germ fighting — Various studies, including a study on wound healing after dental procedures, show promise when it comes to Copaiba’s antibacterial properties.
The origin of the name came from the language Tupi, spoken by the main group of natives living in Brazilian lands before colonization. “Cupa-yba” means “deposit tree” or “natural deposit of ores”, referring to the oleoresin stocked inside the tree. Copaiba oleoresin, or copaiba balsam, has been known for a long time by Brazilian natives for its therapeutic properties. The oil was used over reborn umbilical stumps and the most different sorts of wounds and bruises. The knowledge arises from the observation of wounded animals that rubbed themselves over the copaiba trunk, in an attempt to get some balsam over the wound. People living in communities close to the forest still use the oil as a remedy for different diseases and infections.
Copaiba species are present in the whole Brazilian territory, mainly in the Amazon. They belong to the Leguminosae family, subfamily Caesalpinoideae, and Copaifera genus. According to the Index Kewensis (1996) there are 72 species descripted, upon which 16 of them are exclusively found in Brazil.
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