Copaiba essential oil is a therapeutic plant essence. Many studies back up its benefits and positive effects on human health. It’s time to learn more about the many benefits and properties of this oil. Check out all the Copaiba essential oil uses in skin care and health.
In this post, you’ll get to read about:
- The description of the oil (aroma, color, etc.). Plus a few important words on its chemical composition. After all, this chemical profile is what makes the oil so unique and beneficial.
- A detailed list of benefits and uses for Copaiba essential oil, plus an aroma blend for each. As soon as you find the condition you’re interested in, you can start enjoying its benefits right away.
- Best ways to use Copaiba oil, with dosage and precautions.
- Lots of details and facts about the origin, extraction and types of oils. Plus, a few tips on how to choose the best Copaiba essence.
Did You Know?
- The copaiba tree belongs to the Caesalpinaceae family. This family has about 135 genera, among which there’s Cassia too. Genera define a category found between plant family and species. All the plants are either trees or shrubs. You will rarely see herbs in the Caesalpinaceae family.
Copaiba Essential Oil Uses and Benefits with Therapeutic Recipes
Botanical name: Copaifera officinalis
Viscosity: slightly viscous oil (medium thickness).
Color: yellow to yellow amber.
Fragrance: mildly aromatic, resinous and balsamic; with woody and spicy notes.
Copaiba has been a traditional remedy for South American people for centuries. Today, its essential oil is intensely studied and researched by scientists. Thus, Copaiba essential oil is also popular in Aromatherapy.
Lucky for us, it can be used in many different ways. Since its fragrance is so interesting and full of subtle notes, copaiba works great in perfumes too.
In this article though, I’m going to tell you about its health and beauty benefits. To understand all these beneficial effects, we have to look at the oil’s chemical profile first.
An essential oil is a concentrated plant or resin extract. The oil’s fragrance and effects are given by tens and even hundreds of volatile molecules. Copaiba oil has around 50 different molecules in its composition.
They all interact with each other and work in a complete synergy. For the tree, the essential oils in the resin help it regenerate. They also protect it from the harmful effects of the sun, fungi, parasites and natural predators (like ants, etc.).
Copaiba essential oil’s composition is 80 – 90% sesquiterpenes. This is a class of substances with strong antifungal and antibacterial properties.
The main compounds of the oil are:
- Beta-caryophyllene (up to 50%) – it has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effects. This substance has anxiolytic, antihistaminic, antioxidant and calming properties.
- Germacrene – is antifungal, repellant and antimicrobial. This substance is also antihistaminic (anti-allergies). It prevents infections and calms down the tissue and muscles. Germacrene also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
- Alpha-humulene (a.k.a. alpha-caryophyllene) – this constituent has been shown to have good anti-inflammatory effects. It has strong pain relieving properties and can inhibit cancer cell growth.
They all add up and act as a very efficient remedy against many infections, inflammations and pain.
This chemical profile gives Copaiba essential oil many uses and benefits:
- It is a good pain killer.
- The oil also has antibiotic-like effects, killing bad bacteria and viruses.
- It has stimulant effects that boost all the vital systems of the body.
- Copaiba oil can be used in the treatment of bronchitis, sinusitis, skin problems and urinary problems. It can also be used for kidney problems (cystitis), stomach ulcers, gastritis, tonsils, and insect bites.
- It can help the skin regenerate and the scar tissue heal faster.
- The oil stimulates blood circulation.
- Boosts energy levels.
- Improves mood and sleep.
- Relieves stress and anxiety.
- It can also lower blood pressure.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Mildly sedates.
- Improves muscle fatigue.
- Relieves rheumatic pain.
- Improves digestion.
- Protects the brain and nervous system.
- Maintains a good oral health.
As you can see, there aren’t many uncovered aspects here. Basically, Copaiba essential oil can be used for whatever mild problem you might have.
List of Benefits and Uses for Copaiba Essential Oil
I’ve split the oil’s benefits is 7 main categories, on which I’m going to give you details about. For each category of interest, I’ll also give you a Copaiba essential oil blend. Thus, if you want to use the oil right away, you’ll know exactly how to mix and use it.
Skin care is a very important part of every person’s lifestyle. Women especially, are more interested in finding the best treatment for their skin. Natural remedies such as essential oils have started to be highly regarded in this matter.
Copaiba is one of the best when it comes to protect from infections and inflammations. These are often the most common skin problems a normal person deals with.
The oil can help with a mild rash and irritation. But it can also help closing wounds, killing bacteria and filling in wrinkles. Copaiba has already been proven effective against acne vulgaris. These are just a few of Copaiba’s benefits in skin care.
- Pain killing,
- Antiseptic (prevents infections),
- And calming.
All of these things make Copaiba essential oil very useful.
In skin care, the uses of Copaiba essential oil refer to:
- Stretch marks,
Copaiba Recipe for Calluses
- Copaiba essential oil: 3 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 3 drops
- Lemon eucalyptus essential oil: 3 drops
- Carrier oil: 1 tablespoon
Mix all these ingredients and shake well before each use. Apply several times a day on the affected area. Protect that area to let the oils penetrate deep and start working.
Avoid using the blend for a long period of time though. The skin will stop responding if you use a blend/oil for more than 7 days. That’s generally applicable.
Perhaps one of the most important findings about Copaiba is its neuroprotective property. Scientists found that treatment with Copaiba modulates inflammatory responses. This was tested after a serious damage to the central nervous system.
This means that Copaiba essential oil can preserve the structure and function of the brain cells.
Copaiba is a tonic and stimulant. Because it is volatile, its tiny active molecules are inhaled into the body. These molecules may act as hormones and make the brain release certain substances. These substances can make you relax, calm down and lower the heartbeat rate.
Thus, one of the best Copaiba essential oil uses is to protect your nervous system. You can use it to relieve:
Uplifting Blend Recipe with Copaiba
- Copaiba essential oil: 15 drops
- Grapefruit essential oil: 20 drops
Keep these oils in a small glass bottle, away from direct light and heat. Use up to 7 drops per diffusion session. A diffusion session means every 2 hours. The oils must be diffused in a well-ventilated room for no longer than 30 minutes. Air saturation can lead to nausea, headaches and anxiousness.
The oil has antispasmodic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. The main uses of Copaiba essential oil in digestion refer to its sedating and calming effects. That can soothe a digestive cramp, for instance.
The digestive system is a complex system that involves many organs. Copaiba can help protect against bad bacteria in the gut. It can also calm down inflammations that sometimes cause pain.
Spasms of all sorts can be relieved, and so can gas. In other words, you can use Copaiba oil for digestive problems like:
- Slow digestion,
- Drowsiness after a large meal,
Copaiba Digestive Blend Recipe
- Copaiba essential oil: 10 drops
- Peppermint essential oil: 10 drops
- Fennel essential oil: 5 drops
- Carrier oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Give this blend a good shake before each use to activate the molecules. Apply a small amount on the stomach area after a meal. Massage slowly with clockwise movements. The ingredients will increase bile production that will help speed up digestion and relieve the discomfort.
Another one of Copaiba essential oil’s great uses is taking care of oral problems. There are lots of bacteria that live inside the mouth (on the tongue, cheek walls and throat). Most of them are kept in check by saliva.
However, under certain circumstances, the bacteria may overpopulate. That’s when they can cause bad breath, tooth decays and lead to a bad digestion. The digestion starts inside the mouth with food chewing.
The oil of Copaiba is a very good anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. These two properties can kill bacteria, stop overpopulation and rebalance the mouth flora.
You can use Copaiba oil for:
- Mouth infections,
- Mouth ulcers,
- Tooth decay,
- Tooth aches,
- Bad breath,
Mouth Wash Recipe with Copaiba
- Peppermint hydrosol (floral water): 3 Oz (90ml)
- Copaiba essential oil: 30 drops
- Clove essential oil: 15 drops
Give the mouth wash a good shake before use. Swish a mouthful around for a few good minutes and spit. Whatever you do, do not swallow the mouth wash!
It will be full of bacteria and food residues. The oils will protect the teeth, strengthen gums and kill bacteria. This will lead to a fresh breath every time.
The respiratory system can be very sensitive to viral infections. Bacteria and viruses cause the sinuses, throat and lungs to get infected. Stuffy nose is right at home while battling a cold or the flu. The best thing about Copaiba oil is that it has very strong antiviral properties. It is even stronger than Clove oil!
The fact that is anti-inflammatory, antihistaminic and calming can make the oil good for:
- Stuffy nose,
- Runny nose,
- Bronchopulmonary infections,
- Sore throat,
Sinus Clearance Recipe
- Copaiba essential oil: 5 drops
- Pine essential oil: 5 drops
- Frankincense essential oil: 3 drops
- Jojoba oil: 1 tablespoon
Mix the oils together and apply a small amount along the forehead and the area around the nose. Use gentle massage movements and keep away from the eyes. The oils might make them tear. Apply every time you feel congested, for a few days.
Muscle pain may be caused by many things. An intense workout, stretching or daily strain, and even neuropathy can cause your muscles to ache. Copaiba essential oil has many uses and benefits. In this case, its antispasmodic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties make it useful.
Therefore, Copaiba oil can be used for:
- Muscle tear,
- Muscle pull,
- Muscle elongation,
- An abnormally low muscle tone,
Soothing Muscle Cramps Recipe with Copaiba
- Copaiba essential oil: 20 drops
- Black Pepper essential oil: 5 drops
- Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil: 5 drops
- Hemp seed oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Apply this blend on the affected area and massage very gently, with upward movements. You can use this blend before and after an intense physical effort.
The oil of Copaiba can stimulate the blood flow and strengthen the blood vessels. This tonic property of the oil can help maintain the veins in good health.
Varicose Veins Recipe with Copaiba
- Copaiba essential oil: 15 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 15 drops
- Calendula oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Apply a moderate amount of this blend on the affected area. Massage around the veins, never directly on them. For best results, you should warm the oil before application.
These are some of the best Copaiba essential oil uses. With the blends I gave you, I hope you’ll be able to address those issues properly. One thing is sure, though. Having some Copaiba oil in your home will always prove useful.
Did You Know?
- The sap of the Copaiba tree is often used as varnish or lacquer.
How to Use Copaiba Essential Oil (Dosage and Precautions)
Copaiba is a concentrated plant (resin) essence. Thus, it should never be applied directly as it is. The oil needs to be diluted in some carrier (vegetable) oil or other neutral substance. Salt, milk and honey are all neutral substances.
For all the above mentioned uses and benefits of Copaiba essential oil, topical applications are the safest. I don’t recommend taking any essential oil internally, and Copaiba makes no exception. Only after you’ve talked to a doctor, can you consider the internal use of Copaiba.
Mix up to 30 drops of Copaiba per Oz carrier oil. The carrier oil can be anything you have at hand or prefer. It mostly depends on the targeted problem and the area.
For instance, for acne you should be using dry, non-comedogenic oils. For pain in the muscles, you should be using an anti-inflammatory vegetable oil like Hemp, Olive, Tamanu, etc.
Copaiba essential oil can also be used in diffusions. Its antiviral and antibacterial properties make the oil great at preventing viral infections. They’re effective at killing bacteria and viruses in the air.
It’s a strong oil so use it in small amounts and in combination with other lighter essential oils. Also, avoid diffusing the oil in an enclosed room or for long periods of time. Luckily, you have many other options to choose from while taking a break from Copaiba.
You can also add the oil in:
- Steam baths – pour a drop of oil in a bowl of boiled water.
- Hot baths – mix up to 25 drops of Copaiba with a cup of salt (Epsom, Pink and Mediterranean). Shower gels, bath foams, milk and honey can also be used in the bath tub.
- Showers – Pour a few drops of Copaiba on the floor of the shower and the steam will lift the molecules up.
The benefits of Copaiba oil allow you to use it in many different ways and for many different purposes. That’s a huge plus for a small vial of oil!
Safety Words for Copaiba Essential Oil
Being natural doesn’t necessarily mean safe. Large dosages of Copaiba can cause some health problems. Here’s what you should know about its use, to avoid unnecessary complications:
- Used undiluted, the oil can cause irritation, burning and even sensitization. Once sensitized, the skin will always react to the oil or the components that caused it.
- Avoid using this oil around the eyes, mouth, ears and nose. It can irritate these sensitive membranes.
- Test each new oil bottle for allergic reactions. Dilute a drop and massage it into the inside of the forearm. That’s a sensitive area that should react quite fast if something’s amiss with the oil.
- Don’t take the oil internally without consulting a doctor first.
- If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, seek medical guidance as well.
- Elderly people and small children must not be exposed to Copaiba without medical approval.
- An overdose of Copaiba can cause nausea and headaches, but also fever and skin rashes. Use moderate amounts, on short periods of time to avoid all these problems.
Did You Know?
- It takes about 300 – 400 grams (11 – 14 ounces) of copaiba resin to get 10 ml of essential oil. The trees are very large and just one of them can give up to 45 liters (12 gallons) of oil each season.
Copaiba Oil: Origin, Extraction, Types of Oils and Tips to Choose Your Own
The copaiba tree is found in large numbers in the forests of Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela. The tree has very fragrant flowers, and its fruits are brown pods that contain between 1 and 4 seeds.
There are 3 different types of copaiba trees:
- Copaifera Officinalis.
- Copaifera reticulata.
- Copaifera langsdorfii.
The most common and popular tree used for the extraction of the essential oil however, is the officinalis variety.
For the extraction of the oils, they use the resin not the bark. Half of the extraction process is similar to that of maple syrup. A pipe is drilled into the trunk of the tree. Through it, a brownish oleoresin will start pouring out.
This oleoresin (sap) is a kind of turpentine. The copaiba sap will then be steam distilled and the essential oil molecules extracted.
Luckily, the copaiba trees are not in danger like some other trees that give great essential oils (Sandalwood, Agar, etc.). This means the oil is easy to find and quite affordable too.
Tips to Choose the Best Copaiba Essential Oil
When it comes to the purity of an oil, there are a few things that can help you figure out which one is the best. As for the company that sells it, I suggest going with one that you know. A company that you used in the past is always a safe choice.
If they don’t have Copaiba, you can still find a trustworthy seller of essential oils.
Here are a few things to take into consideration before buying:
- Make sure the oil has its Latin name on the label. Any of the copaiba trees (officinalis, langsdorfii and reticulata) can be used for their oils. Their properties however, will be different. You can ask for the GC-MS report of the oil and look at its chemical composition. Depending on it major constituents, you can find out its benefits. The geographical area (soil, climate, altitude), the extraction, and the processing method can all influence the chemical profile of an oil.
- The label should also say the country of origin of the product.
- The oil must come in a dark colored, glass bottle. Essential oils can dissolve plastic and oxidize in direct (sun) light.
- The oil should be steam distilled from the resin, not the bark of the tree.
The Copaiba essential oil uses and benefits can be enjoyed in various ways. If you like the fragrance of the oil, you will definitely find a way of making it part of your relaxation program.
When you’re a fan of Aromatherapy, there’s something really nice about an oil with so many benefits. Copaiba is one of those essences that can hold a high place in your beauty and health cabinet.
Because the Copaiba essential oil uses are so many and diverse, you can even take it with you on a holiday or at work. It works on both the physical and emotional levels.
Have you ever smelled Copaiba? Are you tempted to give it a try now, after reading this article? Which of this oil’s benefits sounds better to you? Share your thoughts with me, don’t be shy. I’m here to help 🙂