names: Balsam Copaiba, Copal, Jesuit's Balsam, Mal-dos-sete-dias
Copaiba is a giant tropical legume found in the rain forests of Brazil,
Colombia, and Venezuela
Copaiba offers quick relief of skin inflammation and irritation. Copaiba
shampoos relieve dandruff, and the herb has also been used to treat
basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer. Copaiba has
beneficial effects on mucous membranes.
Benefits of copaiba for specific
health conditions include the following:
eczema, gonorrhea, herpes, psoriasis, and syphilis. Copaiba relieves the
symptoms of a wide range of diseases that cause inflammation of soft
tissue or mucous membranes. Laboratory tests show that the resin acts by
reducing the permeability of capillary walls to histamine, the chemical
responsible for painful swelling in all of these conditions. The
volatile oil is antimicrobial and prevents secondary infections in
eczema, herpes, and psoriasis.