The Benefits Of Copaiba Oil

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Extremely popular in Brazil, copaiba oil is an essential oil extracted from the resin of the copaiba tree, and is used topically for treating skin problems like psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, boils, insect bites, herpes, rashes, and nail fungus. Used in shampoos (such as this one), it’s known to be an effective dandruff treatment as well.

In addition, animal studies performed in Brazil suggest that it has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, and helps to reduce scarring in healing wounds. Its ability to soften and soothe the skin, combined with powerful anti-inflammatory action and anti-bacterial properties has led to its routine use in soaps, skin creams and lotions in the US.

Native healers also use diluted copaiba oil internally as an expectorant for treating bronchitis and other lung problems, and is available in pharmacies in Brazil as an anti-ulcer treatment. Internal use is not recommended, however, except under the strict supervision of a doctor familiar with it, since it can be toxic if too much is taken; and although there are no known interactions with prescription medications, combining natural and prescription or over the counter treatments must be handled with extreme care.

Multiple South American studies support copaiba oil’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its analgesic (pain relieving) effects, and several studies also indicate that it may be useful as a cancer treatment as well (specifically against lung cancer and skin cancer.)

The best known, and most researched, component of copaiba oil is beta-carophyllene; which is also found in clove oil, as well as helichrysum, basil, oregano, black pepper, cinnamon, and rosemary essential oils. All of these oils are known for their pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects, and copaiba oil contains approximately 4 times as much beta-carophyllene as clove oil (the oil with the next highest concentration.) Clove oil is well-known to be a powerful topical pain reliever, and is frequently recommended to treat tooth pain until it’s possible to get to the dentist.

To use, copaiba oil should be mixed 50/50 with a carrier oil (olive and coconut oils are excellent choices, since they also have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties) and lightly applied to the skin in the painful areas. As with any other essential oil, it is possible to develop a sensitivity or allergy to copaiba; so if irritation, rashes, or itching develop, discontinue use immediately. Don’t use it near the eyes, or in other sensitive areas, since it can irritate delicate skin; and if using it to aid in wound healing, wait until the wound has closed over with a scab (never apply essential oils other than lavender or tea tree to open wounds.) Copaiba oil is related to the balsams and pines, so if you are sensitive to these oils, be extremely careful, you may also be sensitive to copaiba.

If you want to try copaiba oil for yourself then you can pick up a bottle from Amazon – the website, not the rainforest. You can get this bottle of Eden’s Garden Pure Therapeutic Grade Copaiba Essential Oil for just $3.95.

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