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Balsam Copaiba Essential Oil Spotlight

by Andrea Butje on July 30, 2018

Balsam Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis)

Balsam Copaiba is often mistaken for a conifer, but it’s actually a tropical plant that grows in Brazil.

It doesn’t have needles or cones, but it does produce a rich resin that the native people use to distill a warm, skin-loving oil.

Balsam Copaiba has more in common with resins like Frankincense than with conifers like Black Spruce!

Like Frankincense and other resin oils, Balsam Copaiba essential oil is excellent for respiratory support and skin care. It’s good at reducing inflammation and inspiring peaceful calm conditions in the body and mind. (I really love blending these two oils!)

This Spotlight shares ways you can use Balsam Copaiba essential oil for:

  • Skin care (especially soothing and replenishing dry skin)
  • Stress relief
  • Massage
  • Shower gel
  • Emotional balance
  • Relaxation

And more!

Balsam Copaiba's aroma is woody, sweet, and balsamic with undertones of vanilla. (Just the description alone makes me want to get out my Balsam Copaiba essential oil . . . )