Copaiba (copaifera reticulata/langsdorfii)is also known as Copal and is the only oil tapped directly from a tree.  It is harvested from trees in Brazil.  Only the Brazilian copaiba has a GRAS (generally regarded as safe) distinction in the United States.  It is the only copal distilled from the tree, other species may be distilled from the hard resin. Historical data shows healers in the Amazon use copaiba for many types of pain and inflammation as well as external skin disorders.  In Peruvian traditional medicine,  a couple of drops of resin are mixed with a spoonful of honey and taken as a natural sore throat remedy. It is also used in these cultures as anti-inflammatory and antiseptic especially for cleansing the respiratory tract.  Some individuals may have relief from joint pain if the oil is applied directly to joints.  Copaiba is certified safe as a food additive by the FDA.

We use Copaiba for many things in our home:

Colds & flu: Massage 1-2 drops into lymph glands to support a healthy immune system

Headaches: Massage 1-2 drops into temples or the base of the skull to relax and relieve tension

Bumps & Bruises: Massage 1-2 drops into sore muscles

Copaiba essential oil is synergistic so it magnifies the effects of other oils it is layered with. Apply Copaiba after other essential oils to increase the power in the blend.


The information in this article is for education purposes only, it has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

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