5 Ways to Use Copaiba Essential Oil; Why we are in love with it!

October 26, 2017

 Copaiba is quickly becoming one of our daily favorite Essential oils because of it's varied uses. Before we get into the specific ways to use this oil, let's talk a bit about what it is.

 

Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis, C. reticulata, C. coriacea, C. langdorffii) essential oil is steam-distilled from oleoresin, a substance made up of resin and essential oils. It has a soft, sweet, balsamic odor. The oil itself is harvested from the Copaiba tree in Brazil by tapping the tree much as maple syrup is harvested.  

 

Some properties of this oil include analgesic, powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant, and stimulant for the circulatory and pulmonary systems.

 

Copaiba contains high amounts of beta-caryophyllene which has been shown to work directly with the bodies CB2 receptors.

 

The oleoresin has traditionally been used for inflammation (internal and external), skin disorders, respiratory problems (including bronchitis and sinusitis), and urinary tract problems (including cystitis and bladder/kidney infections). It has also been used for bleeding, gonorrhea, hemorrhages, herpes, incontinence, insect bites, pain, pleurisy, sore throats, stomach ulcers, syphilis, tetanus, tonsillitis, tuberculosis, and tumors.

 

Today, copaiba essential oil is commonly used for acne, antioxidant, anxiety, inflammation, muscle aches, and pain. Copaiba may also help with colds, constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia, edema, flatulence, flu, hemorrhoids, nervous exhaustion, piles, poor circulation, stiffness, and wounds.

 

The body systems affected by copaiba essential oil include the cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems, muscles and bones, emotional balance, and skin. 

 

Applications of Copaiba Essential Oil and Safety Data


Topical Application: Copaiba essential oil is listed as a oil that can be sensitive to some. Of course, we always recommend diluting your oils before using topically. Always dilute with carrier oil for children or those with sensitive skin. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.

 

Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The aroma of copaiba helps to elevate the mood and lift depression. It also helps to combat nervous tension, stress problems, and anxiety.

 

Internal Application: Copaiba essential oil can be taken internally via capsule (maximum of 2 drops per dose) or beverage. Try diluting 1 drop of copaiba essential oil in 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey or 4 oz. (125 ml) of beverage (such as non-dairy milk). It is not to be used for children under 6 years of age and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children over 6 years of age.

*Safety Note: Repeated use may result in contact sensitization. It may irritate sensitive skin in some individuals.

 

5 Ways to Use Copaiba Essential Oil


1-Diffuse
Try diffusing these blends to elevate your mood, lift depression, or combat nervous tension, stress, or anxiety.

 

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2-Massage Blends:
Copaiba essential oil supports the respiratory and nervous systems, muscles and bones, and the skin. It also has the ability to magnify the effects of other essential oils. Because of these facts, copaiba essential oil is good to use in massage blends. You can simply add 1–2 drops of copaiba essential oil to any of your favorite essential oil massage recipes. Or you can try one of the following:

 

Calming Massage:
5 drops chamomile
5 drops lavender
5 drops bergamot
2 drops copaiba
Top off a 10ml Rollerbottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, or Jojoba Oil  

 

Sore Muscles Massage:
5 drops peppermint
5 drops lemongrass
4 drops marjoram
2 drops copaiba
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) carrier oil*
Top off a 10ml Rollerbottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, or Jojoba Oil

 

3-Skin/Facial Care:
Copaiba has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it ideal to use on the skin, especially the face—no matter your age or whether you are dealing with acne or wrinkles. 

Consider adding Neroli, Lavender, Frankincense and Jojoba Oil or combine with Organic Coconut oil for a beautiful skin cream. 

 

4-Aromatic Bath
Soaking in a warm bath is a great way to help sore muscles relax; adding epsom salt provides magnesium that helps relax muscles and reduce lactic acid, and the essential oils help the muscles rebuild as well as reduce pain. Next time your muscles hurt, try adding this blend to your bathwater:

 

Soothing Muscle Pains:
4 drops peppermint
3 drops marjoram
3 drops copaiba
1 drop black pepper
1 cup (240 g) Epsom Salt
Mix together, and add to bathwater as the tub is filling up. Soak for at least 15–20 minutes.

 

5-Rollerball Blends
Copaiba essential oil has the ability to enhance the effects of other essential oils. It is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, so it is great to use for skin care (especially troubled skin or acne) or wound care. It also helps reduce stress and anxiety, which is beneficial in getting a good night’s rest.

 

Copiaba’s ability to help reduce pain and inflammation make it ideal for use on headaches or muscle pain. Try making one of the roll-ons below and take advantage of the benefits of copaiba essential oil while on the go.

 

Skin Serum:
7 drops copaiba (4 drops for daily use)
5 drops lavender (3 drops for daily use)
5 drops frankincense (3 drops for daily use)

Add oils to a 10 ml roll-on bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with a carrier oil.* (This recipe is formulated for short-term use. If you need to use it daily, follow the instructions for daily use.)

 

Sweet Dreams Roll-on:
4 drops lavender (1–2 drops for children)
4 drops cedarwood (1–2 drops for children)
4 drops copaiba (1–2 drops for children
2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oilAdd oils to a 10 ml roll-on bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with a carrier oil.* (This recipe is formulated for adult use. For Children under 6, follow the instructions for children's use.)

 

Headache or Muscle Relief Roll-on:
15 drops peppermint (5 drops for daily use)
15 drops lavender (5 drops for daily use)
5 drops marjoram (3 drops for daily use)
3 drops copaiba (1 drop for daily use)
Add oils to a 10 ml roll-on bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with a carrier oil.* (This recipe is formulated for short-term use. If you need to use it daily, follow the instructions for daily use.)

 

Our Fave Back Pain Roll-on:

30 drops Soothing Blend

10 drops Siberian Fir

10 drops Copaiba

Add oils to a 10 ml roll-on bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with a carrier oil.*

 

*Common carrier oils for use in a roll-on bottle include Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Jojoba Oil.

 

** Want one of these rollerball blends for yourself and don't have the ingredients? No worries, just email us @ info@essentiallyhome.net and we will be happy to give you a quote.

 

If you would like more information on Copaiba or any of our Pure Theraputic Grade Essential oil please use the contact form at the bottom of the home page of our website or email us directly @ info@essentiallyhome.net

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