Balsam, Bálsamo de Copaiba, Baume de Copahu, Copaiba, Copaiba Oil, Copaiba Oleoresin, Copaïer, Copaifera langsdorffii, Copaifera officinalis, Copaifera reticulata, Copaiva, Copayer, Jesuit's Balsam, Oléorésine de Copahu.


Overview Information

Copaiba balsam is a sap-like substance (oleoresin). It's collected from the trunk of trees that belong to the Copaifera genus. It is processed to make copaiba oil. Both copaiba balsam and copaiba oil are used to make medicine.

People use copaiba balsam for swelling (inflammation) of the main airways in the lung (bronchitis), infections of the kidney, bladder, or urethra (urinary tract infections or UTIs), and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

In manufacturing, copaiba balsam and copaiba oil are used in soaps, cosmetics, and perfumes.

How does it work?

Chemicals in copaiba balsam and copaiba oil might help kill germs. Other chemicals in copaiba balsam might decrease swelling (inflammation).


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of copaiba balsam for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Copaiba balsam is LIKELY SAFE for most people in food amounts. It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE for use as a medicine. Copaiba balsam can cause side effects such as stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, tremor, groin pain, and sleeplessness (insomnia).

When applied to the skin: Copaiba balsam is LIKELY SAFE for most people. It can cause redness, itching, and a rash that might leave brown spots after healing.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Copaiba balsam is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth as a medicine. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

  • Lithium interacts with COPAIBA BALSAM

    Copaiba balsam might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking copaiba balsam might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.



The appropriate dose of copaiba balsam depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for copaiba balsam. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Part 172 -- Food additives permitted for direct addition to food for human consumption. Available at:
  • Pfeifer Barbosa AL, Wenzel-Storjohann A, Barbosa JD, et al. Antimicrobial and cytotoxic effects of the Copaifera reticulata oleoresin and its main diterpene acids. J Ethnopharmacol 2019;233:94-100. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2018.11.029. View abstract.
  • Senedese JM, Rinaldi-Neto F, Furtado RA, et al. Chemopreventive role of Copaifera reticulata Ducke oleoresin in colon carcinogenesis. Biomed Pharmacother 2019;111:331-7. doi: 10.1016/j.biopha.2018.12.091. View abstract.

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