Essential Oils of Ecuador – Copaiba
Copaiba (pronounced Co-pa-ee-ba) or Copaifera Reticulata, and also known as Copal. is not strictly an oil obtained from Ecuador. It is found in Asia, Central and South America (Yes, so maybe I should call this series Essential oils of South America 😀 ). The most potent variety, was found by Young Living, to be in the wilds of Brazil.
The copaifera of Brazil was chosen because in gas chromatograph tests it was chosen to have the highest amount of Beta Caryophyllene. Beta Caryophyllene is known as a sesquiterpene. And what does that all mean in layman’s language? It means Copaiba has anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties. It means it’s capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and increasing oxygen to the brain’s cells, and in particular to the pineal and pituitary glands.
So what can Copaiba do for us?
As I’ve already mentioned, Copaiba has anti-inflammatory properties. In fact its anti-inflammatory properties are twice as strong as Wintergreen essential oil – an oil that many massage therapists will be acquainted with – and yet it’s so gentle on the skin.
In fact it’s probably the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory known to Man.
Inflammation that goes unchecked in the human body poses significant health problems for people – everything from osteoarthritis to gastric problems such as colitis. Nowadays many people are prescribed steroids to reduce inflammation. Steroids can do a lot of damage if used for prolonged periods of time. Copaiba has the anti-inflammatory capacity without the harmful side-effects of steroids.
So the sort of things that Copaiba can help with includes pain relief (anti-inflammatory), rheumatoid arthritis, urinary disorders, skin disorders, insect bites, stomach distress (including ulcers and colitis) and sore throat. 
How to apply Copaiba
Put 2 drops in a capsule and take 3 times daily or as needed. Alternatively add 2-3 drops to a glass of water once a day, or add it to your milk or food (It’s been approved as a food additive in the U.S.)
If using topically, apply 2-4 drops directly on the desired area. Dilution isn’t required unless we are dealing with very sensitive skin.
If using it aromatically, then try putting the oil in a diffuser and diffusing up to one hour 3 times a day.
Copaiba is found in the Deep Relief™ , Breathe-Again™ and Stress Away™ Roll-On blends produced by Young Living. It’s also included in the Young Living supplements, Sulfurzyme™ and BLM™, because of its anti-inflammatory ability. Inflammation is a key factor in the destruction of cartilage. So both Sulfurzyme™ and BLM™ are useful supplements for people suffering from osteoarthritis.
A spiritual use for Copaiba?
The following quote was taken from the internet. I cannot ascertain the original source or the veracity of its claim, so I’ll leave it for you folks to decide for yourselves:
“In many traditions, the conscious, active mind is considered an obstacle to spirituality, because it pulls us away from focusing on what is truly important. Copaiva balm brings discernment, helping us to focus on what is truly meaningful from a spiritual perspective. It also helps us to be more effective at dealing with the less important aspects of our lives. When our mind is aligned with the divine, the gifts of vision, faith, humility and wisdom are bestowed. Use during times of mental stress and confusion, to identify and reconnect with our spiritual goals, to help us focus on what is spiritually important, when we are spending too much time thinking about the future or reviewing the past, to give us wisdom in a particular situation. Aligns the human mind with the spiritual mind, by connecting the 3rd ey and crown chakras. Apply to top of head, centre of forehead and feet. Affirmation: May I be focused and attuned to the diving.”
Some facts about Copaiba
- Traditionally it was used by native South Americans as tea to aid digestion.
- It has similar properties to Helichrysum, Neroli and Melissa essential oils. In fact it’s been referred to as “Helichrysum on steroids”.
- Virtually all companies who offer copiaba or copal sell only the tree resin, not the distilled essential oil.
- Copaiba resin (what is tapped from the copaiba tree) has been used for hundreds of years as an incense in some central and South American cultures.
- Copaiba is the only essential oil extracted through tapping, similar to how rubber
and maple are obtained. Once tapped, the copaiba resin is distilled to produce a
clear essential oil that is rich, uplifting, woody smell.
- Copaiba was first recorded in European books of medicine in 1652
- Copaiba contains the highest amount of beta caryophyllene of any known essential oil – making up 55% of the oil’s constituents.
- It’s a legal food additive in the U.S., so it’s safe for ingestion.
Check out the Testimonials on Copaiba and if you would like to obtain this essential oil, visit our product site. Contact us if you have any questions concerning it or you would like to join our mailing list.
Till Next time
- Adventures in Brazil
- Anti-inflammatory activity of oleoresin from Brazilian copaifera. A.C. Basile, J.A.A. SertiÉ, P.C.D. Freitas and A.C. Zanini, Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 1988 Jan;22(1):101-9.
- Chemical composition and anti-inflammatory activity of copaiba oils from Copaifera cearensis Huber ex Ducke, Copaifera reticulata Ducke and Copaifera multijuga Hayne–a comparative study. Veiga Junior VF, Rosas EC, Carvalho MV, Henriques MG, Pinto AC. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2007 Jun 13;112(2):248-54
- Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, Essential Science Publishing, Sept 2007
- What makes Copal Essential Oil Young Living Therapeutic Grade?
- Young Living Copaiba Essential Oil
- Antinociceptive activity of Amazonian Copaiba oils Niele Matos Gomes, Claudia Moraes Rezende, Silvia Paredes Fontes, Maria Eline Matheus and Patricia Dias Fernande , Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2007 Feb; 109(3): 486-492
Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.
 The discovery (or uncovering) of essential oils in South America, by Young Living, is probably thanks to its presence in Ecuador, with the establishment of a major plantation at Guayaquil – Finca Botanica. From there, Gary Young and Marc Schreuder, YL’s research scientist have ventured out into the Amazon to locate plants and trees that may potentially be potent sources for essential oils. Hence Copaiba from Brazil.
 Marc Schreuder’s findings at the 2008 YL Convention.
 Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, Essential Science Publishing, Sept 2007, Pp 41-42
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