Copaiba oil comes from trees in the genus Copaifera. These are leguminous trees, commonly found in Amazon rainforest (South America). These trees have tall trunks and branch out only at the top. Harvesting is done without harming trees by simply collecting the resin naturally produced. They secrete a sticky, viscous liquid called oleoresin. This transparent resin is then used to extract Copaiba essential oil using steam distillation process.
About The Oil
The resin of the Copaifera langsdorfii tree is of the collected and distilled to a fairly viscous, moderately dark oil. The aroma is truly heavenly – both sweet and earthy at the same time; a favorite of some of the staff here. We’ve also found the aroma improves with age (as would Sandalwood), getting smoother and more complex.
This soothing, balancing oil is wonderful by itself for those who enjoy its complex aroma. It also has a host of therapeutic benefits. The active components in Copaiba essential oil are quite powerful, consisting mainly of terpenes, which are hydrocarbons that can have significant effects on the functioning of our body. Copaiba oil is exceptionally rich in a special nutrient called beta-caryophyllene. This substance is its chief anti-inflammatory component. Copaiba oil contains roughly 70% beta caryophyllene, which is 6 – 8 times the amount found in clove essential oil (known as a superlative antioxidant). Considered one of the most anti-inflammatory substances on earth, yet much of the world only uses Copaiba as a lacquer or varnish.
Copaiba may be relatively new to the rest of the world, however, this essential oil has been used extensively by indigenous people of the Amazon and surrounding areas such as Peru for almost everything under the sun, and for at least four centuries. It is said that warriors of the Amazon region would rub the raw resin over their bodies after tribal