Copaiba essential oil is steam distilled from the gum resin that is tapped from Brazil’s copaiba trees – Copaifera reticulata, officinalis, coriacea, and langsdorffii spices. This tree grows upwards to 100 feet and produces yellow flowers and a reddish fruit. Interestingly, asingle tree may offer up to twelve gallons of oil each season! Burned in ceremonies for physical and spiritual healing, the resin is used in a variety of ways and can be found in virtually every market in South America. This essential oil appears pale yellow in color and has a slightly bitter taste. The resin that makes the oil is extracted from has been used as a native folk remedy dating back to the 16th century.
Primary benefits of copaiba oil
- Anti-inflammatory and pain reliever: copaiba essential oil is used in Brazil as a natural pain solution as it shows both anti-inflammatory and an anti-septic properties. In fact, Amazonian traditional medical practitioners often prescribed the oil for its anti-inflammatory properties, but can also be used as a natural pain reliever.
- Protects the liver: not only does copaiba act as a pain killer itself, but it can also help reduce liver tissue damage that is caused by acetaminophens like Tylenol. The safest way to consume is in a gel capsule, or you can dilute with some coconut oil 1-2 drops each dose. Like any essential oil that you take orally, it is vital that you consult with your physician and never take more than the recommended dose.
- Acne: it’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties make it an ideal natural solution for those who suffer from acne.
- Autoimmune conditions: the research on the use of copaiba oil for autoimmune conditions is still very new and experimental. However, it is interesting to note that research is being done to see how this essential oil might provide a natural treatment option for those who suffer from autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis. In a recent study on mices, the oil shows some promissing results by modulating the immune response.
- Oral health care: copaiba essential oil uses has also shown to be effective in oral health care. Though most essential oils can often be used safely on the skin when mixed with a carrier oil, many of these oils are not safe for use orally. However, copaiba oil is safe if used properly. A study that aimed to evaluate the cytotoxic effect of a Copaiba oil-based root canal sealer determined that the oil is not cytotoxic, meaning it is safe and useful as a root canal sealer. Furthermore, another study showed that copaiba oil was a bacteriostatic agent when used against Streptococcus mutans, a bacteria commonly found in the human mouth that is a significant contributor to tooth decay. This means that it was able to stop bacteria from reproducing, suggesting that copaiba oil may be useful in preventing cavities.
- Infection: more research needs to be conducted to make a hard conclusion, but some studies suggests that people prone to infection – for example, pre-surgery, pre-chemo and etc – could benefit from safe, internal use of copaiba oil.
- Although Copaiba does not contain psychoactive cannabinoids, the main component caryophyllene may be neuroprotective and have cardiovascular and immune benefits.
Uses of copaiba oli
- Add 1 to 2 drops to water, juice, or tea to support the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory system.
- Provides antioxidant support when ingested.
- Take internally to help soothe and calm the nervous system.
- Apply topically combined with a carrier oil or a facial moisturizer to help keep skin clean and clear, and to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.
How to use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Dilute one to two drops with a carrier oil, then apply to desired area. See additional precautions below.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.