Copaifera officinalis oleoresin | Copaiba oil

  • Raw Oleoresin, not processed in any way
  • Beautiful aroma


Family: Burseaceae

Genus: Dacryodes

Origin: Peru

Common names: Copalli, Pom, Copal Blanco, Uguna, Guana, Tabonuco, Copaifera, Cupayba, Copauba, Balsam Copaiba, Copaiva, Copaiba-verdadeira, Jesuit’s Balsam, Copaibura-de-Minas, Cobeni, Matisguaute, Matisihuati, Mal-Dos-Sete-Dias, Aceite de Palo, Pau-de-Oleo, Básamo de Copayba

SKU: 568-568-copaiba-copal-oil-l-


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Copaifera officinalis is a very special oil and resin obtained from the trunk of pinnate-leaved South and Central American trees.

We sell the raw oleoresin, which is unprocessed.

The exudate, which contains both a resinous substance and an essential oil will vary in color from light gold to dark brown, depending on the concentrations of each of these substances. The oil/resin has many traditional uses among people of the Amazon and Central America.

When the balsam is steam-distilled, copaiba oil is extracted; it has a very aromatic scent, is light gold in color and has a mild bitter to pungent taste. The chemical constituents of the oil is predominantly caryophyllene, as well as sesquiterpine hydrocarbons.  Due to the hydrocarbons in the oil, it has also been commonly used as biodiesel. Other uses include a fixative agent in perfumes and soap. It is used as a lacquer to protect wood. The oil can also be used as an artist material, generally as an oil paint and in decoration of ceramics. It is ideal to paint onto ceramics, as it adheres well to the surfaces prior to firing and it produces a beautiful shine.


In terms of traditional usage, its use dates all the way back to the 16th century in Brazil, where it has been used both internally and externally for the treatment of many diseases. Many studies have been conducted in Brazil. The Yaviza people of Panama used the resin with honey and it was given to newborn babies, as it was believed to impart knowledge and protect them from hexes. In recent research, the oil has been found to have anti-inflammatory activity, as well as anti-tumor, anti-tetanus, anti-septic and anti-hemorrhagic properties.

As an essential oil, C. officinalis has been found to be effective at reducing pain and inflammation, infection, it heals the skin, prevents fungal growth, enhances respiratory capacity, improves the health and luster of skin and hair, can improve bladder control, speeds the healing process and may lower blood pressure.

Mayas and Incas

The resin of Copaiba has been used ceremonially for thousands of years. The Inca’s would burn it on gold plates, and the smoke used to clear sickness from the body. More recently it is used in various forms of sweat lodge ceremony, believed to bring back ancestral memories. To the Maya, it is known as Pom, and used as well to clear and cleanse away dark spirits and for protection. The Maya have also been known to use this resin as a substitute for Amber and added into their ceremonial jewelry.

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Our products are not certified by the FDA neither Health Canada for human consumption. They are sold for incense and soap making purposes, decorative purposes and/or legitimate ethnobotanical research. Our products are not sold and intended for human consumption. The information given about the plants is for academic purposes only and not intended to be used medically., its suppliers, agents, employees and distributors cannot be held accountable for any misuse of the products offered.

For shipping to all countries except the USA, we offer two types of shipping:
    • Registered shipping: This comes with tracking and is faster than our free shipping.
    • Free shipping: For this service no tracking is available. It tends to be half as quick as the registered shipping. But hey, if you're not in a hurry and tracking is not important please do use this reliable shipping option!
For shipping to Canada we also offer DHL Express on certain orders  
For shipping to the USA, we offer four types of shipping: Registered PostNL: This option ships using PostNL, the national postal service of The Netherlands. Once the package arrives in the US, the USPS take over the shipping. Orders can be tracked with the tracking tool found at Free shipping: There is no tracking available for this reliable, but slower shipping method. Packages ship with PostNL and then are handed over to the USPS and deliveries may take up to 30 days. This option is not always available, depending on what you are ordering and where you are shipping to. Registered via NY: Depending on which state you are shipping to, this option will be available in order to try and ensure that there are no delays to your package as it enters the US. Packages are shipped first of all with PostNL to a NY forwarding address and then, from there, shipped on to you. We will update you on the tracking once your order is shipped from the Netherlands and then again once it is forwarded from NY.  Updates can take up to 24 hours because we work in different time zones around the world.
When you place an order in our web shop, you will automatically see the shipping options that are available, depending on your cart contents and the US state you are shipping to. For different states we use different methods.
Free Shipping from USA: For customers ordering only our Mimosa hostilis Hidden Valley and/or Mexican MHRBs, we have also established a warehouse that will exclusively ship to our customers from within the US.  This has the advantage of offering tracked shipping without having to pass through customs and a delivery time of only 3-4 working days. Orders will be shipped with USPS Priority mail.  This service is available for Mimosa only orders.  Any other products will need to ordered separately and will be shipped from the Netherlands.   Good to know: All of our orders are packed and shipped discreetly with only the obligatory information such as shipping and return address on the outside. Registered orders outside of Europe are sent with PostNL who hand your order over to the national postal service of your country. For instance in the US, packages are handed over to the USPS. Registered orders within Europe are sent with DPD. Fast and trackable at all times. Our Free shipping option is slow(er) but very reliable too. Estimated shipping time for outside Europe is between two to four weeks depending on postal flows.
For valuable orders we would advise choosing the Registered option.