How to Use Copaiba Essential Oil

Copaiba (Copaifera langsdorffii) essential oil has a lovely, sweet, woodsy scent that is comforting and promotes a calm mindset. It has been found to be very helpful in the treatment of acne(3) and is a popular choice for regular skin care as well as to fight breakouts while it supports the skin’s healing process.  One study suggests Copaiba is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties(2), making it an excellent choice to incorporate into any personal wellness plan. Copaiba has traditionally been used in its native country of Brazil as an expectorant, diuretic and as an antimicrobial.


  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiulcer
  • Antiviral
  • Diuretic
  • Expectorant

Main Compounds/Constituents

  • β-caryophyllene
  • Germacrene B
  • β-Selinene
  • Α-Caryophyllene

Acne & Skin Health

Thanks to properties which can cleanse, calm, and speed the healing of skin, Copaiba essential oil can help you on your way to achieving the clear, beautiful skin you deserve. And using Copaiba essential oil to help improve your skin’s health is easy. Research suggests Copaiba can successfully reduce acne even when diluted to at an extremely low 1% concentration(3). However, we recommend diluting Copaiba to a 2-3% concentration for daily use. This is approximately 6-9 drops Copaiba essential oil to 2 teaspoons carrier oil, aloe, or natural facial lotion. See Davina Wellness Dilution Guidelines page for more information on dilution.

Digestive System Support

With anti-ulcer properties, Copaiba essential oil may help protect the digestive system. One study found Copaiba essential oil successfully prevented ulcers in the colons of rats introduced with colitis as well as exhibited anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties in open and incision wounds(1). For digestive purposes, some prefer to diffuse, some apply the essential oils topically to the abdomen, whereas others prefer to take oils internally. For more information about using oils internally, read our internal use article.

Enjoy the Calming, Pain Relieving Influence of Copaiba Essential Oil

Copaiba essential oil has a comforting, mellow, woodsy scent that is relaxing and calming. It can be used during meditation to inspire a more tranquil, introspective mind. Many enjoy it in a bath for its beneficial effects on skin, but many feel the sweet woodsy scent is reason enough! Copaiba is soothing to the nerves, and some users experience pain relief by using Copaiba essential oil. This oil goes very well with many of the woody oils and can be used to create a lovely, outdoorsy atmosphere. Copaiba also goes great with citrus oils and evergreen oils, as well as florals like Ylang Ylang or Roman Chamomile.

General usage guidelines

Always dilute with a vegetable, seed, or nut carrier oil like coconut, jojoba, or avocado oil. See dilution guidelines. With any internal use, we recommend consulting with an aromatherapist or other naturopathic healthcare provider. Since essential oils are processed by the liver, if you have a compromised liver or liver disease, we strongly recommend working with your healthcare provider before use.

Topical: Apply 1-2 diluted drops onto the area of concern. Add 20-30 drops to 1 oz. of unscented body, skin or hair care products.

Internal: Dilute with a carrier oil or add to milk to evenly disperse essential oil. Once diluted, it can be added to the beverage or food of your choice. Add 1-2 diluted drops to a capsule and swallow. Gargle with 1-2 drops of diluted essential oil.

Aromatic: Diffuse in a room diffuser or nebulizer. Inhale from the bottle directly or add a drop to tissue and inhale. Add a drop to palms of hands and cover nose and mouth and inhale. Add a few drops to a bowl of steaming (not boiling) water and place head with a towel over a bowl and inhale. Add 5-10 drops to an essential oil inhaler; use the inhaler every 15 minutes or so to alleviate symptoms.




1). Paiva LA, et al. (2004) Protective effect of Copaifera langsdorffii oleo-resin against acetic acid-induced colitis in rats. VS J Ethnopharmacol. Jul; 93(1):51-6.

2). de Lima Silva JJ et al. (2009) Effects of Copaifera langsdorffii Desf. on ischemia-reperfusion of randomized skin flaps in rats. Aesthetic Plast Surg. Jan;33(1):104-9. doi: 10.1007/s00266-008-9263-2. Epub 2008 Nov 4.

3). da Silva AG et al. (2012) Application of the essential oil from copaiba (Copaifera langsdori Desf.) for acne vulgaris: a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Altern Med Rev. Mar;17(1):69-75.


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