Essential oils offer amazing healing benefits for the body, mind, and spirit, and are sometimes even more effective natural remedies than commercial medications and pharmaceuticals.
Copaiba oil is one of these remarkable oils and offers a myriad of health benefits. It is a special blend of four different species and is extracted from the balsamic resin of the copaiba trees, Copaifera Officinalis and Copaifera langsdorffi, which are native to the Amazon rainforest.
People in South America have used it for centuries, and despite its medicinal properties, the copaiba oil is commonly added to various cosmetic products, like perfumes, creams, lotions, and soaps.
It treats anxiety and soothes skin irritations, improves heart health and helps digestion, strengthens the immune system. Moreover, it calms the respiratory system, reduces neuronal excitability, and helps cellular support.
Researchers have found that the three varieties of copaiba oil — Copaifera cearensis, Copaifera reticulata, and Copaifera multijuga, have potent anti-inflammatory properties.
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine published a 2012 research which showed that copaiba oil-resin (COR) may exhibit anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective benefits following acute neural disorders when intense inflammation reactions occur, such as stroke and brain/spinal cord trauma.
This oil is also a potent pain reliever, and has antinociceptive properties, so it blocks the detection of a painful stimulus by the sensory neurons. The Journal of Ethnopharmacology published a study which confirmed the antinociceptive activity of two Amazonian Copaiba oils (Copaifera multijuga and Copaifera reticulata) when administered orally.
The results also point out that the Copaiba oils have a peripheral and central pain-relieving effect, so they would be beneficial in the treatment of various health disorders that involve ongoing pain management, like arthritis.
Many of its health benefits are due to the presence of the cannabinoid beta-caryophyllene (BCP), as well as the numerous other anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds it contains.
This essential oil can be used in three ways, it can be ingested, inhaled, and applied topically.
It is safe for consumption, but as essential oils are very concentrated, it will not taste good if placed directly on the tongue. Add a few drops to an empty capsule, some kind of food or drink, but you need to previously consult a qualified practitioner or use a professionally formulated blend labeled for internal use.
For the second method, add the oil in a diffuser, and inhale the pleasant aroma. You can also breathe in directly from the bottle. This will calm your mind, and fight stress, anxiety, and depression.
When used topically, add a few drops of it to a cotton ball, and gently apply it on the skin, to relieve eczema, acne, psoriasis, and skin irritations.