Copaiba essential oil is steam distilled from the gum resin that is tapped from Brazil’s copaiba tree. This tree grows upwards to 100 feet and produces yellow flowers and a reddish fruit. Interestingly, a single tree may offer up to twelve gallons of oil each season!


Burned in ceremonies for physical and spiritual healing, the resin is used in a variety of ways and can be found in virtually every market in South America.


In addition to the oil itself, copaiba oil-resin has also been shown to work as a natural healing solution. Oleoresins are naturally occurring mixtures of oil and resin that are extracted from plants like the copaiba tree. These mixtures have been used in traditional healing and Brazilian folk medicine for years.


However, recent studies have also shown that oleoresin treatment works as a neuroprotective (protects the brain).



Not only does copaiba act as a pain killer itself, but it can also help reduce liver tissue damage that is caused by acetaminophens like Tylenol.


One study measured the effect of copaiba oil in liver damage that was induced by acetaminophen in rats. In the study, researchers administered copaiba oil to the rats for 7 days. The study found that the oil reduced liver damage caused by paracetamol, or acetaminophen.


It is important to note, that if you are interested in copaiba essential oil uses for pain relief or to protect your liver due to routine acetaminophen use, it is vital that you follow safety guidelines. Taking too much of the oil can actually cause harm. In fact, in the rat study, large oral doses were shown to increase bilirubin, which is a sign of liver disease. Be sure to limit to 1-2 drops each dose and spread doses out to every 4 hours. The safest way to consume is in a gel capsule filled with olive oil, or you can dilute with some coconut oil and sweetened it up with a little honey. Like any essential oil that you take orally, it is vital that you consult with your physician and never take more than the recommended dose.





Copaiba Essential Oil


Like frankincense, there are a variety of species including Copaifera officinalis, Copaifera langsdorffii, and Copaifera reticulata. There are subtle differences in the chemical makeup of each and the research discusses most of them.