How to use Copaiba Essential Oil
Copaiba oil comes from trees in the genus Copaifera. These are leguminous trees, and are common in Amazon rainforest in South America. Copaiba may be relatively new to the rest of the world, but traditionally, it has been used by the native people for at least 4 centuries.
These trees have tall trunks and branch out only at the top. They secrete a sticky, viscous liquid ( called oleoresin ). This transparent resin is then used to extract Copaiba essential oil using steam distillation process.
Copaiba oil is exceptionally rich in a nutrient called beta-caryophyllene. Copaiba oil is 50 % beta caryophyllene which is 6 – 8 times the amount found in clove essential oil. Clove oil is the best antioxidant in the world. Copaiba oil however surpasses its anti-inflammatory capabilities.
This oil has many other anti-inflammatory nutrients in the form of sesquiterpenes, beta caryophyllene is one of them. This oil also contains anti irritant substances like alpha humulene.
What is Beta-Caryophyllene?
Beta-caryophyllene has been extensively studied for its ability to modulate the body’s response to irritation. Other essential oils besides helichrysum and clove that contain beta-caryophyllene are basil, oregano, black pepper, rosemary and cinnamon bark oils. It does the trick to reduce physical discomfort and increases the effectiveness of other oils which is why it is used in many blends.
How do I Use Copaiba Essential Oil?
Use diluted – 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,
- Apply several drops (2-4) on location
- Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
- Directly inhale,
- Diffuse, or
I use Copaiba Vitality internally to support my wellness routine and the topical version as a driver with other oils to maximize their benefit. Copaiba is known as a magnifier. Any time you use Copaiba with another essential oil, it will have the effect of magnifying the properties of that oil. This can enable you to use less of another more expensive oil or get larger benefits from a different oil that you are using.
Use directly on the skin NEAT (or diluted 1:1) to desired area. Apply to VitaFlex Points – this is very effective! Dilution is not required, except for the most sensitive skin.
Diffuse up to 1 hour three times daily
Copaiba offers security and grounding. After researching a bit more on this oil, I just discovered this! Always learning more – so will be diffusing more often in my home.
Did you know that the Copaiba Tree has to be at least 30 years old to produce therapeutic grade oil? It is said the optimal years are between 30 and 50.
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