Copaiba-The New Skin Care Must-Have….

Copaiba essential oil benefits are vast and impressive. This little known oil boasts big support for the immune system, the nervous system and the respiratory system! You won’t believe the health benefits you can gain by incorporating this mild oil into your daily routine!

Copaiba Essential Oil Benefits

Copaiba oil is an essential oil you’re going to want to start using. I’m brimming over with such exciting information on this oil!  Copaiba essential oil has huge benefits for your body, mind and skin! I’m going to tell you some mind blowing benefits of this fantastic (and affordable) essential oil as well as give you some copaiba essential oil recipes so you can enjoy it’s benefits too! 

What is Copaiba Essential Oil?

First, let’s talk about some basic info. The latin name for copaiba is copaifera officinalis.

Copaiba oil comes from tree resin of the copaiba tree that comes from tropical South America. Native to the Amazon region, these trees can reach 25−40 feet and can live for up to 400 years. The copaiba resin is actually extracted directly from the trunk of the tree by tapping, similar to how rubber and maple are obtained. It is the only pure essential oil extracted this way!

Because of it’s amazing benefits for health and ability to decrease pain, animals have been known to take down a copaiba tree to drink it’s resin!

Copaiba essential oil is similar to black pepper and has a mild woodsy, spicy sweet aroma and pairs well with citrus oils, ylang ylang and vanilla. It also has a slight warming effect.

Copaiba Essential Oil Benefits:

  • Powerful anti-inflammatory effects
  • Provides powerful pain relief
  • Improves immune function
  • Boosts endorphins
  • When layered, increases other oil’s benefits
  • Regenerates collagen
  • Reduces the appearance of blemishes
  • Has been known to fade scars
  • Soothes respiratory issues
  • Calms stomach upsets

Endocannabinoid System and Copaiba

Copaiba essential oil has extremely high levels of beta-caryophyllene. It has been documented to contain as much as 50% where as other oils like helichyrsum and clove only have 5-12%! 

So what is Beta-caryophyllene (BCP)?  BCP is a Sesquiterpene. Sesquiterpenes have the ability of deleting faulty information in cellular memory that can cause disease. They can cross the blood brain barrier, and play a number of vital biochemical functions in both plants and animals. 

Beta caryophyllene interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a signaling and regulating system compromised of enzymes, receptor sites throughout the body, and endocannabinoids produced by the body. BCP selectively binds to CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. CB2 receptors are mainly found in the immune system. When Copaiba is used, the BCP binds to these cannabinoid receptors which has a positive effect on the immune system. It also effects the liver, the heart, the brain and the digestive system. Because BCP has such an influence on so many systems in the body-it is a powerful tool for overall health.

Mood Boosting

Copaiba is one of the best oils to soothe anxious feelings.

Copaiba releases beta-endorphins, a hormone linked to happiness! Because of this exciting property, adding a few drops to a calming bath would be an excellent idea. I’m also thinking of making a mood boosting blend to store in a roller bottle that could be used through out the day.

Copaiba is a great addition to the diffuser at the end of a stressful day.

You might enjoy my post on how to make essential oil jewelry. This would be a great way to experience copaiba throughout your day. 

Anti Inflammatory

Copaiba is potentially the highest anti-inflammatory substance known. It has greater action than Ibuprofen or even Cortisone – but with NO SIDE EFFECTS! Next time I get a headache, I’ll be reaching for the copaiba!

A few other benefits of copaiba that I want to touch on are it’s ability to help with arthritis pain, urinary incontinence and congestion. When taken orally, it has been known to help lupus, fibromyalgia, and MS. For more information go HERE.

Another unique and interesting fact about copaiba is that it is a magnifier. This means that when layered on top of another oil, it enhances the benefits of that oil.

An interesting fact is that copaiba essential oil was first recorded in European medicine journals in 1625!

Skin Benefits

Copaiba Essential Oil does a world of good for all skin types. It’s the perfect addition to your natural skincare routine. 

As I’ve mentioned several times, copaiba has impressive anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful antioxidant. In fact, several sources claim that it can eliminate inflammation. That’s a big claim. Inflammation has been called the source of all bodily issues, including skin aging. 

Inflammation is our body’s healthy inflammatory response to something harmful. A trauma to the skin, bacteria, infection, harmful ingredients in cosmetic products and many foods cause inflammation. Inflammation is necessary for healing but when it becomes chronic, it is an issue that must be addressed by targeting the factor that is causing the inflammation and by using an anti inflammatory skin care product regularly. 

Copaiba is helpful in regenerating collagen. It is also extremely powerful when it comes to tightening the skin! 

Many people have found that it reduces scars and stretchmarks, including smoothing out scars, not just fading the appearance. 

Copaiba is a powerful anti-fungal which, I believe, is the root of acne. I have not tried this but I read that applying copaiba directly to a blemish (via a q-tip) will dramatically reduce the size of the blemish within a couple of hours! Copaiba would be a wonderful addition to any DIY acne treatments due to it’s efficiency in reducing inflammation and it’s antiviral and anti fungal and antimicrobial properties. We all know how much inflammation comes with acne.

Copaiba is also extremely helpful with bug bites and has been known to greatly relieve discomfort from varicose veins as well as improve the appearance.

Copaiba helps speed up the healing process as well as protect the skin when applied topically.

Check out my Skin Firming Face Serum for an anti aging DIY that contains copaiba!

How to Use Copaiba:

  • Add 1-2 drops to a glass of water or juice.
  • Add a drop of copaiba to your moisturizer once a day to improve your overall skin health.
  • Add a few drops to water and swish in the mouth for fresh breath and healthy gums.
  • Diffuse 4 drops of copaiba oil to support the respiratory system as well as calm anxiety.
  • Add 3 drops to your favorite carrier oil and massage tight or sore muscles.

Safety Precautions:

According to the Tisserand Institute, copaiba is one of the safest oils to use on the skin. However, I still recommend not using it on it’s own on your skin. 3-5 drops of essential oil is 1 ounce of carrier oil is typically suggested for a topical application.

Copaiba is safe for internal use. You can add 1-2 drops in 8 ounces of water.

Pregnant or nursing women should consult their doctor before using copaiba.

Do not get copaiba near the eyes, inner ears or sensitive areas.

To learn more about essential oils, check out my beginner’s guide to essential oils.

Copaiba Essential Oil Recipes:

Nausea Relief:

  • 5 drops of Copaiba Essential Oil
  • 5 drops of Ginger Essential Oil
  • 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil 
  • Add to to an essential oil inhaler and inhale as needed.

Strep/Bronchitis/Croup & Congestion Balm:

  • 15 drops of Copaiba Essential Oil
  • 40 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 35 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
  •  1 tbsp. Beeswax
  • 1/2 cup Unrefined Coconut Oil 
  • Create a double boiler and melt beeswax and coconut oil on medium heat. Remove from heat, add essential oils and pour into a 4 ounce glass jar.

Sore Muscle Massage Oil :

  • 10 drop of Copaiba Essential Oil
  • 10 drop of Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 10 drop of Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 1 cup of Jojoba Oil
  • Combine in a glass 8 ounce glass pump bottle. 

Asthma Inhaler:

  • 5 drops of Copaiba Essential Oil
  • 5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
  • Add to to an essential oil inhaler and inhale as needed.

Acne Treatment:

  • 4 drops of Copaiba Essential Oil
  • 1 drop of Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 4 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • Add to to a 2 ounce glass spray bottle. Can be used as a toner or spot treatment

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Copaiba Essential Oil Benefits

I’m so excited to have learned all about this amazing oil! I’ve got several DIYs up my sleeve so if you’re in need of new DIYs that will help improve your skin, find copaiba essential oil HERE or HERE.

I hope you enjoyed learning about copaiba essential oil benefits as much as I enjoyed researching it!

xx, Jenni


Copaiba Essential Oil Benefits

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