10 things you need to know about copaiba essential oil
I really enjoy learning about how to use essential oils. I geek out about it really. I love the unique facts, benefits and uses. Figuring out how to bring nature into my day is so important. Learning about and using essential oils helps me to connect to nature, even when I am on the go.
Here are 10 things you need to know about Copaiba essential oil.
- Botanical name is Copaifera officinalis.
- Grown in the rain forest in South America and the Amazon regions.
- Brazil’s copaiba has received the most recognition in published research for its anti-inflammatory effects.
- The oleoresin of the tree is what makes up the essential oil, which is great because it means no tress are destroyed in the process.
- Has a sweet yet earthy smell to it.
- Used in traditional Peruvian medicine as a sore throat remedy.
- It’s an anti-inflammatory and analgesic, which means it can help with pain.
- It’s beneficial to the skin because of its astringent properties. Copaiba helps to tighten skin, reduce wrinkles, minimize scars and wounds, as well as improve some fungal conditions like athlete’s foot.
- Supports the immune system because of its antibacterial and expectorant qualities.
- Copaiba essential oil has been known to help in the following instances: Arthritis, bronchitis, cystitis, hemorrhoids, insect bites, nail infection, rheumatism, sore throats, stomach cramps and pain, muscular pain, bacterial and inflammatory skin conditions, fungal skin infections, tonsillitis, varicose veins, UTIs.
How to use copaiba essential oil
If you want to use copaiba essential oil for any of the above, one choice is to use it is topically. Take 2 drops of copaiba essential oil mixed of 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, rub on the desired area or on the bottom of your feet. Use common sense and avoid putting in any special cracks and crevices if you get my meaning.Another way is to diffuse 4-6 drops in your favorite aromatherapy diffuser. Copaiba essential oil blends well with other essential oils such as benzoin, black pepper, cardamom, chamomile, ginger, hyssop, juniper, lavender, lemon and many others.
Copaiba essential oil is actually an ingredient included in my Sacred Summer blend. As someone who has battled chronic back/neck pain from a car accident it’s important to bring in soothing oils that can help with pain as well as bring balance to the overall scent . I will typically diffuse my Sacred Summer blend or dilute a couple of drops to massage into sore muscles such as my neck or knee.
When it comes to copaiba essential oil, there are typically no real contraindications or adverse reaction issues with this oil. In some rare cases there have been reports of a measle-like rash or stomach upset when ingested. As always, it’s best to dilute the oils as a precaution when using topically. Refer to my essential oil safety post for more safety recommendations.
Do you use copaiba essential oil? If so, I would love to hear how you use it your daily practice.