Copaiba Essential Oil has been considered one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients on the planet. It is unique in its composition, micro-nutrients and properties. Copaiba oil’s most prominent application is in reducing pain and inflammation anywhere on the body, and even inside it. Although it is very strongly anti-inflammatory, it is still safe to be taken internally.
The traditional uses of Copaiba oil and the Copaiba balsam (that resin ) far exceed the uses mentioned today. It has been used by the native people of Amazon and surrounding places like Peru for almost everything under the sun. It is used to treat tumors, heal bladder cystitis, relieve asthma, cure tonsillitis and for many skin conditions. Now, that’s more than an impressive list of uses.
Even the resin obtained from these trees is used as a medicinal agent, in many cases mixing it with honey.
Copaiba and the Immune System
Our immune system is controlled by our built-in endocannabinoid system and Gut health. Big Pharma nixed cannabis in the 1930’s as it was direct competition to their patented pain relief.
Endocannabinoids are the messengers that tell your body to get these processes moving and when to stop. They help maintain optimal balance in the body, also known as homeostasis. When the ECS is disrupted, any one of these things can fall out of balance.
Dysregulation in the ECS is thought to contribute to a wide variety of conditions, including fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome and other “mystery” health issues. Our Environmental toxins and lifestyle plays a big role in this disruption.
And remember. We evolved with plants that fit our lock and key receptors. Our bodies like plants. It knows and understands what do and how to metabolize plants. Spinach, herbs and yes oils too.
Opioids from Drugs are a good example of a key that does not fit into lock, so it kills off cells because our bodies don’t understand how to metabolize properly. So it kills off cells.
The Science of CBD Oil
The endocannabinoid system includes two primary types of receptors that bind to cannabinoids: CB1 and CB2
So CBD (oil) prevents our natural opioids from breaking down. This is what helps to relieve pain. The THC part of plant relieves pain directly but can make you “high”. So if auto immune, fibromyalgia or one is fighting cancer and wants medical marijuana, then best to find a strain of high CBD and lower THC. The problem with CBD oil is that it negatively interacts with our CB1 receptors which controls our brain and central nervous systems. This is why one “gets high” from the marijuana plant.
Copaiba contains another part of the plant called Beta-Carophyllene (BCP) which is the main part in cannabis and is an excellent source for soothing pain in the body. Our oil has 60% of BCP in our oil.
Copaiba oil interacts with our CB2 receptors which controls our endocrine (think hormones) and immune systems. What is so amazing about this oil is that there is no interaction with our CB1 receptors (remember this controls our brain and CNS). Another oil that has high BCP properties is black pepper oil.
It is physically impossible to feel high from Copaiba because it does not interact with the same receptors.
*EDIT* “CBD is an agonist, which binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors. Taken with Copaiba, it actually could be a holistic super med”.
Ok here is the cliff note version:
CBD – minimizes the activation of CB1, interacts with CB2 receptors
THC – activates the CB1 (CNS) and CB2 (immune system) receptors
BPC – interacts with CB2 receptors (found in Copaiba)
There is a time and place for CBD oil and I do believe that. But for those who are not in high need for medical CBD oil then this is for you.
For the super science nerds out there and are studying up on genetics such as MTHFR, these SNPs are key players in these lock and key pathways:
HLA and FUT2, and NOD, SNPs and IgA SNPs are in play, but again, the endocannabinoid pathway rules that autoimmune issues, will interplay with GMOs foods and other endocrine disrupters such as toxic personal care products, synthetic fragrances such as those plug-ins, candles and scented wax…and let’s not forget ingesting fake vitamins too.
Copaiba oil comes from trees in the genus Copaifera. These are leguminous trees, commonly found in Amazon rainforest (South America). Amazon rainforest still doesn’t stop amazing us with its unique flora and fauna. It is immensely diverse and is the source for many medicines. Copaiba may be relatively new to the entire world, but traditionally, it has been used by the native people for at least 4 centuries.
These trees have tall trunks and branch out only at the top. They secrete a sticky, viscous liquid (called oleoresin ). This transparent resin is then used to extract Copaiba essential oil using steam distillation process.
- Anti – Inflammatory – It is widely touted as the best anti-inflammatory substance.
- Cicatrizant – promotes healing of injuries by faster formation of scar or scab
- Disinfectant – assists in cleaning out wounds, scrapes etc. to prevent any infection by pathogens.
- Emollient – fancy word for moisturizers
- Astringent – shrinks skin tissue (this has several cosmetic applications, as we shall see below )
- Expectorant – aids in expelling phlegm
- Hypotensive – aids in lowering down blood pressure
Uses And Health Benefits
Because of its properties, Copaiba essential oil has a plethora of uses. Most of the uses are in the form of topical application agent, and it works fantastic for many conditions.
Copaiba Essential Oil for Skin
It is absolutely amazing for getting healthier skin. In fact, copaiba oil is also generally safe to be applied in sensitive skin area, where most other essential oils may not be applicable.
- Acne: Take 2 drops of this oil on a cotton ball and apply it directly ( without diluting) on active acne. It shouldn’t sting. Wait for 2 – 3 hours. The area affected by the acne reduces considerably. Because of its super anti-inflammatory power, it reduces redness around the acne, making it much less noticeable. Use this trick daily and acne should be much less inflamed.
- Stretch Marks: Copaiba oil can be applied directly on stretch marks to assist with fading them. If you feel stretch marks with adequate attention, it is easily noticed that these are depressions in skin. Apply copaiba oil as massage oil on these scars. The depression starts to fill up in a few weeks. Use this in conjugation with olive oil to fade away the stretch marks.
- Sagging Skin: Apply it direct on skin areas which are sagging. Copaiba oil helps boosts secretion of collagen and elastin to make skin firm and taut.
- Varicose Veins: Copaiba oil is excellent for treating varicose veins. It assist with improved blood circulation of veins close to skin, allowing them to drain back and reduce pooled blood.
Copaiba Oil For Pain Relief
This oil really stands out as a natural pain relief. This property is used in many products as well. In fact, its pain relieving effects can be even stronger than Wintergreen essential oil, which is well renowned for pain relief. Whatever be the cause of pain, this oil helps in lowering down the sensation of pain.
- Arthritis and gout
- Pain due to an injury. If there is a cut or wound, apply it on outer edges of wound to lower inflammation and pain caused by stretching of skin during scab formation.
- Muscular cramp pain
- Fibromyalgia – This is very helpful for people with fibromyalgia symptoms.
- Back joint pain and sciatica – Use deep massage to relieve sciatica using this oil.
Against Urinary Incontinence
Children who have the issue of bedwetting, or even adults who have difficulty in controlling the flow of urine can make use of this oil. Apply this oil in generous amount on lower abdomen and massage. It helps to tone muscles of bladder and urinary tract, thus reducing the incidences of incontinence.
Copaiba Oil in Sitz Bath
If you never heard of it, sitz bath is a bath taken for the lower part of body only. It is used to relieve hemorrhoids and problems of genital region, like bacterial or fungal infections.
Add 8 – 10 drops of copaiba oil in sitz bath. Its mild anti-micorbial properties help in getting rid of infections. It improves blood circulation and helps in hemorrhoids pain too.
Lighten up your spirits
Smelling copaiba oil helps to lighten up tense mood as it has nice and sweet honey like aroma.
Copaiba oil can be used internally as a natural health supplement to boost health, lower systemic inflammation and also as preventive measure against cancer. It provides a wide range of health benefits. One can add it to foods, drinks, juices etc. if the taste seems fine and palatable.
How to take it internally? You cannot just swallow the oil directly, which may be somewhat harmful. Instead, add only 2 drops to a capsule. Then gulp the capsule down. Take no more than 3 such capsules in a day. This works similar to fish oil in lowering inflammation all over the body. The effects may take time to be evident, but when they do, they are striking.
Side Effects and Toxicity Issues
Copaiba essential oil is safe to consume internally in dosage mentioned above. However, in large doses it can cause stomach pain and signs similar to food poisoning. Allergy to this oil is rare but if there is, then one should discontinue its use at once.
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