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Copaiba-The New Skin Care Must-Have….

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Copaiba essential oil benefits are vast and impressive. This little known oil boasts big support for the immune system, the nervous system and the respiratory system! You won’t believe the health benefits you can gain by incorporating this mild oil into your daily routine!

Copaiba Essential Oil Benefits

Copaiba oil is an essential oil you’re going to want to start using. I’m brimming over with such exciting information on this oil!  Copaiba essential oil has huge benefits for your body, mind and skin! I’m going to tell you some mind blowing benefits of this fantastic (and affordable) essential oil as well as give you some copaiba essential oil recipes so you can enjoy it’s benefits too! 

What is Copaiba Essential Oil?

First, let’s talk about some basic info. The latin name for copaiba is copaifera officinalis.

Copaiba oil comes from tree resin of the copaiba tree that comes from tropical South America. Native to the Amazon region, these trees can reach 25−40 feet and can live for up to 400 years. The copaiba resin is actually extracted directly from the trunk of the tree by tapping, similar to how rubber and maple are obtained. It is the only pure essential oil extracted this way!

Because of it’s amazing benefits for health and ability to decrease pain, animals have been known to take down a copaiba tree to drink it’s resin!

Copaiba essential oil is similar to black pepper and has a mild woodsy, spicy sweet aroma and pairs well with citrus oils, ylang ylang and vanilla. It also has a slight warming effect.

Copaiba Essential Oil Benefits:

  • Powerful anti-inflammatory effects
  • Provides powerful pain relief
  • Improves immune function
  • Boosts endorphins
  • When layered, increases other oil’s benefits
  • Regenerates collagen
  • Reduces the appearance of blemishes
  • Has been known to fade scars
  • Soothes respiratory issues
  • Calms stomach upsets

Endocannabinoid System and Copaiba

Copaiba essential oil has extremely high levels of beta-caryophyllene. It has been documented to contain as much as 50% where as other oils like helichyrsum and clove only have 5-12%! 

So what is Beta-caryophyllene (BCP)?  BCP is a Sesquiterpene. Sesquiterpenes have the ability of deleting faulty information in cellular memory that can cause disease. They can cross the blood brain barrier, and play a number of vital biochemical functions in both plants and animals. 

Beta caryophyllene interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a signaling and regulating system compromised of enzymes, receptor sites throughout the body, and endocannabinoids produced by the body. BCP selectively binds to CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system. CB2 receptors are mainly found in the immune system. When Copaiba is used, the BCP binds to these cannabinoid receptors which has a positive effect on the immune system. It also effects the liver, the heart, the brain and the digestive system. Because BCP has such an influence on so many systems in the body-it is a powerful tool for overall health.

Mood Boosting

Copaiba is one of the best oils to soothe anxious feelings.

Copaiba releases beta-endorphins, a hormone linked to happiness! Because of this exciting property, adding a few drops to a calming bath would be an excellent idea. I’m also thinking of making a mood boosting blend to store in a roller bottle that could be used through out the day.

Copaiba is a great addition to the diffuser at the end of a stressful day.

You might enjoy my post on how to make essential oil jewelry. This would be a great way to experience copaiba throughout your day. 

Anti Inflammatory

Copaiba is potentially the highest anti-inflammatory substance known. It has greater action than Ibuprofen or even Cortisone – but with NO SIDE EFFECTS! Next time I get a headache, I’ll be reaching for the copaiba!

A few other benefits of copaiba that I want to touch on are it’s ability to help with arthritis pain, urinary incontinence and congestion. When taken orally, it has been known to help lupus, fibromyalgia, and MS. For more information go HERE.

Another unique and interesting fact about copaiba is that it is a magnifier. This means that when layered on top of another oil, it enhances the benefits of that oil.

An interesting fact is that copaiba essential oil was first recorded in European medicine journals in 1625!

Skin Benefits

Copaiba Essential Oil does a world of good for all skin types. It’s the perfect addition to your natural skincare routine. 

As I’ve mentioned several times, copaiba has impressive anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful antioxidant. In fact, several sources claim that it can eliminate inflammation. That’s a big claim. Inflammation has been called the source of all bodily issues, including skin aging. 

Inflammation is our body’s healthy inflammatory response to something harmful. A trauma to the skin, bacteria, infection, harmful ingredients in cosmetic products and many foods cause inflammation. Inflammation is necessary for healing but when it becomes chronic, it is an issue that must be addressed by targeting the factor that is causing the inflammation and by using an anti inflammatory skin care product regularly. 

Copaiba is helpful in regenerating collagen. It is also extremely powerful when it comes to tightening the skin! 

Many people have found that it reduces scars and stretchmarks, including smoothing out scars, not just fading the appearance. 

Copaiba is a powerful anti-fungal which, I believe, is the root of acne. I have not tried this but I read that applying copaiba directly to a blemish (via a q-tip) will dramatically reduce the size of the blemish within a couple of hours! Copaiba would be a wonderful addition to any DIY acne treatments due to it’s efficiency in reducing inflammation and it’s antiviral and anti fungal and antimicrobial properties. We all know how much inflammation comes with acne.

Copaiba is also extremely helpful with bug bites and has been known to greatly relieve discomfort from varicose veins as well as improve the appearance.

Copaiba helps speed up the healing process as well as protect the skin when applied topically.

Check out my Skin Firming Face Serum for an anti aging DIY that contains copaiba!

How to Use Copaiba:

  • Add 1-2 drops to a glass of water or juice.
  • Add a drop of copaiba to your moisturizer once a day to improve your overall skin health.
  • Add a few drops to water and swish in the mouth for fresh breath and healthy gums.
  • Diffuse 4 drops of copaiba oil to support the respiratory system as well as calm anxiety.
  • Add 3 drops to your favorite carrier oil and massage tight or sore muscles.

Safety Precautions:

According to the Tisserand Institute, copaiba is one of the safest oils to use on the skin. However, I still recommend not using it on it’s own on your skin. 3-5 drops of essential oil is 1 ounce of carrier oil is typically suggested for a topical application.

Copaiba is safe for internal use. You can add 1-2 drops in 8 ounces of water.

Pregnant or nursing women should consult their doctor before using copaiba.

Do not get copaiba near the eyes, inner ears or sensitive areas.

To learn more about essential oils, check out my beginner’s guide to essential oils.

Copaiba Essential Oil Recipes:

Nausea Relief:

Strep/Bronchitis/Croup & Congestion Balm:

Sore Muscle Massage Oil :

Asthma Inhaler:

Acne Treatment:

Copaiba Essential Oil Benefits

I’m so excited to have learned all about this amazing oil! I’ve got several DIYs up my sleeve so if you’re in need of new DIYs that will help improve your skin, find copaiba essential oil HERE or HERE.

I hope you enjoyed learning about copaiba essential oil benefits as much as I enjoyed researching it!

xx, Jenni


Copaiba Essential Oil Benefits

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Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 9 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on how to achieve beautiful skin the natural way.

12 thoughts on “Copaiba-The New Skin Care Must-Have….”

  1. Ok, you’ve convinced me! This sounds amazing! I’ve been thinking of ordering from Spark, so here’s the perfect reason. Thanks for all the info Jenni! Looking forward to your DIY’s, and love that this is safe enough to use without dilution sometimes.

  2. Copaiba has changed my life. Literally. I have fibromyalgia – a debilitating case of it, which means that for the past decade I’ve felt like I was being stretched on a rack, standing on hot nails, and having a blowtorch run over my skin, 24/7, for weeks or months at a time. Wearing clothing hurts my skin; an affectionate touch feels like a burn. There’s much more to it, but you get the gist. Like most fibro sufferers, I’ve run the gamut of what medical science has to offer. Then, a couple of months ago, I read about copaiba. I made my own roll-on containing it and a few other oils, and have learned how strong to make it and where to apply it. Result: I’ve stopped taking opioids, and I have a few blessed hours of relief at a time–more, if I don’t forget to apply it. I still have fibro, but now I can enjoy a hug, hold a grandbaby, even cook a meal again. By all means, explore what this amazing oil can do for you!

    1. This is amazing! I also have fibro and have tons of oils, but haven’t quite found a blend that works. Would you mind sharing your recipe? Thanks!!

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! My sister and I came across Copaiba a few years ago when she was looking for something that helps restore nerve cells. When we read about how incredible it is we started incorporating it right away. I still use it relatively regularly but reading what you wrote has refreshed my memory and I’m all excited about it again.
    I loved feeling your enthusiasm as I read.
    Thanks again Love!

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