Copaiba essential oil is a part of the Balsam family, but not as sweet and vanilla-y as its cousin Balsam of Peru. But despite its less exotic fragrance, Copaiba is definitely a workhorse. It’s great for pain relief, reduction of inflammation, skin care, and respiratory issues. In fact, it is one of the most anti-inflammatory oils that exists, made up of more than 80 percent sesquiterpenes. It possesses 6 to 8 times more of the anti-inflammatory component than that of Clove oil if that gives you any indication.
Perhaps its most exciting quality is its ability to serve as a powerful extender in most blends. Copaiba has a way of enhancing the qualities of other essential oils making for an even more dynamic aromatic experience.
How to Use Copaiba Essential Oil
Copaiba hails from the rainforests of Brazil. Indigenous tribes have traditionally used it for healing wounds, stopping bleeding, skin sores and psoriasis. An interesting piece of history, Copaiba was an official drug in the U.S. Pharmacopeia from 1820 to 1910. This resinous, balsamic, warm and honey-like oil is a delight and has many uses both physically and emotionally.
Physical Properties: Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Expectorant, Decongestant,
Immunostimulant, Lymphatic Circulation, Detoxification, Promote Urination, Maintain Kidney Function, Eases Sore Muscles, Reduces Redness, Reduces Swelling
Emotional Properties: Quiets the Mind, Deep Tranquility, Nervous Tension, Uplifting
Cautions: As always, do a skin patch test before using any oil topically. At safe dilutions, it is non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Do not place Copaiba on broken skin.
Blends well with: Frankincense, Vetiver, Roman Chamomile, Lavandin, Clove, Pala Santo,
Angelica, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang
Approximate shelf life for Copaiba is 8 years. Storing your oils in the refrigerator always extends their life.
Essential Oil Recipes Using Copaiba
Cool As A Cucumber Diffuser Recipe
10 drops Copaiba
5 drops Vetiver
15 drops Lavender
Place blend in the diffuser of your choice and diffuse for 10 to 15 minutes per hour or as needed for relaxing and stress relief.
Phlegm Exterminator Steam Recipe
5 drops Eucalyptus
8 drops Frankincense
12 drops Copaiba
Place steaming hot water in a bowl. Add essential oils. Place face over steam and drape head with the towel. Inhale deeply for 1-2 minutes. Be sure to keep eyes closed.
Pain Relief Recipe Blend
4 drops Peppermint
8 drops Copaiba
13 drops Lavender
2 oz of unscented lotion or carrier oil
Mix oils in with unscented lotion or carrier oil of your choice. Apply a thin layer to the affected area several times per day.
Copaiba is one of the main essential oils found in the calming blend, Sweet Oasis, at Rocky Mountain Oils, which is where I first fell in love with it.
Pro Tip: Have a blend that you like but needs a little extra something? Try adding a few drops of Copaiba to see if it brightens the blend and enhances its smell and healing properties.
Copaiba vs. CBD Oil
I want to say something about Copaiba vs. CBD oil because I’ve been seeing a lot of talk about this remarkable essential oil being a more cost-effective option for CBD oil. This claim is being made by a popular MLM essential oil company and it’s distributors. While I believe copaiba essential oils is amazing, I don’t agree that it can and should replace CBD oil for most people. Do to the entourage effect, copaiba simply does not work as well for pain relief, seizures, nausea, ADHD, and other issues. It works well for mild pain and perhaps as well as CBD oil for anxiety, and perhaps depression, but I’m not 100% convinced of that either.
In the near future, I plan to write a series about CBD oil and will address my research more fully then. But for now, please do your own research before falling for the marketing ploys of an essential oils company hoping to capitalize on the popularity of CBD oil. My own use of both oils has provided enough evidence for me, but you’ll want to discover the differences for yourself. I would hate for someone who could really benefit from the remarkable qualities of CBD oil to miss them because of tricky (and dare I say — misleading?) marketing.