Copaiba essential oil is distilled from the balsam (oleo-resin) of an evergreen tree in the Fabaceae (legume) family. There are several species of Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis, Copaifera reticulata, C. langsdorffii) found in South America and considered inter-changeable regarding their medicinal properties although Copaiba oil is not very known or talked about. Brazilian rainforest trees are considered to have the most healing oleoresin. Copaiba essential oil is gentle and balsamic. A single tree may provide 40 liters of oleoresin annually.
Copaiba essential oil has an affinity to:
- the respiratory system (bronchitis, asthma support, sinus congestion
- the skin (anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antimicrobial, dry skin conditions, mature skin, wound healing)
- nervous system (quiets and centers the mind)
- the musculoskeletal system (swollen joints, arthritis, muscular aches and pains)
Copaiba essential oil safety: generally recognized as safe.
Blending with Copaiba essential oil: the aroma is soft and subtle; it may be overpowered by many essential oils. It is also rich in sesquiterpenes and it’s used as a fixative or modifier/blender in soaps, perfumes and other personal care products. The aroma is not as strong as its cousins: myrrh, frankincense, or elemi.
Copaiba essential oil blends well with: Eucalyptus radiata, Black pepper, Frankincense, Clove bud, Lavender, Lemongrass, Green myrtle, Angelica root or seed, Grapefruit, Lemon, Ylang ylang, Cypress.
Moms from all around the world have share their experience about Copaiba essential oil when kids go through teething. I’ve also heard from many, and experienced it myself, that Copaiba oil is pain relieving. In French Aromatherapy it is used internally. Copaiba essential oil is also used topically and sometimes aromatically.
Written by Lena Isayev, B.A., C.A.
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