Copaiba essential oil is derived from the resin of the copaiba tree which can grow upwards of more than 100 feet and can be found in tropical South America. Copaiba oil is widely used in cosmetic products including soaps, creams, lotions, and perfumes. Since the 16th century, copaiba essential oil has been utilized in traditional health practices by the natives of north and northeastern Brazil. Similar to Black Pepper essential oil, Copaiba can help soothe anxious feelings and it can be applied to the skin to promote a clear, smooth complexion. Taken internally, Copaiba essential oil supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems.* Although Copaiba does not contain cannabinoids, the main component caryophyllene may be neuroprotective and have cardiovascular and immune benefits.* It’s also a powerful antioxidant that promotes immune health.*
Aromatic, Topical, Internal
Resin from Copaifera reticulata, officinalis, coriacea, and langsdorffii
Main Chemical Component:
Benefits of Copaiba Essential Oil:
• Supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive and respiratory systems*
• Powerful antioxidant*
• Helps calm, soothe, and support the nervous system*
• Promotes clear, smooth skin and reduces the appearance of blemishes
Here are some ways you can use Copaiba essential oil:
• Add 1 to 2 drops to water, juice, or tea to support the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory system.*
• Provides antioxidant support when ingested.*
• Take internally to help soothe and calm the nervous system.*
• Apply topically to help keep skin clean and clear, and to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.
Copaiba Essential Oil – Science
Copaiba essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the resin collected from Copaifera officinalis, a tree native to Central and South America. It has been described as having a spicy, woody aroma. The primary chemical constituent of Copaiba essential oil is caryophyllene, a bicyclic sesquiterpene that is also found in Black Pepper. While caryophyllene is responsible for some of the bioactive properties of Copaiba, many other properties of the oil are attributed to diterpenes uniquely found in Copaiba.1
For centuries, South Americans have used copaiba resin to promote the health of the respiratory, digestive, urinary, cardiovascular, and immune systems. As reported by the first European settlers of Central and South America, the indigenous American Indians utilized the soothing properties of copaiba oil-resin by applying it both to their newborns and to warriors coming home from battle.1 Current research offers an explanation for the traditional use of Copaiba oil, suggesting that Copaiba essential oil is calming, soothing, and supportive to the skin and nervous system.*6,10,16-22
Recent research on caryophyllene suggests a number of other means by which Copaiba essential oil can support overall health. When taken internally, caryophyllene possesses strong antioxidant properties,2 promotes healthy cellular function,2-4 may help support immune function while supporting overall circulatory health,5-9 and may help support the health of the gastrointestinal tract and colon.*11
Additional research has shown that Copaiba essential oil (with all its constituents) may help keep the mouth, teeth, and gums clean and healthy looking.12,15,23-25 Topically applied Copaiba oil may also help keep the skin clean and clear while helping to reduce the appearance of blemishes.1,13,14,16,27-33 Another interesting experimental research study found that Copaiba taken internally may help to support uterine health and ease menstruation.*26
As a natural substance that can support the health of a number of body systems, Copaiba makes a wonderful addition to the doTERRA collection of essential oils.
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doTERRA Science blog articles are based on a variety of scientific sources. Many of the referenced studies are preliminary and further research is needed to gain greater understanding of the findings. Some articles offer multiple views on general health topics and are not the official position of doTERRA. Consult your healthcare provider before making changes to diet or exercise.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.