Copaiba as an oil is steam distilled from gum resin found in the Copal tree in Brazil. The history of uses by Brazillian herbalists is fascinating and closely matches with our uses today as an Essential Oil.
Here are my top 3 uses for Young Living Copaiba and why I will never be without this oil:
I'm sure you have seen news articles cross your Facebook news feed lately about how inflammation plays a role in many diseases and health conditions. It is a daily struggle that most American adults deal with due to our diet and our environment, but it can lead to a host of other issues. On top of that, a growing number of individuals (like myself and many others in my family) deal with auto-immune diseases that can cause inflammation in the body to rise even more. Inflammation normally tells us that our body is trying to rid itself of something harmful. With auto-immune diseases, the things the body believes to be harmful and is trying to attack happen to be the body itself. Many people I know feel they are stuck with over the counter anti-inflammatories or even prescriptions which mask the problem and end up ruining the lining of the stomach and even causing damage to the kidneys and liver. Insert Young Living Copaiba and angels singing (I have a flare for the dramatic, have you noticed??). Just a drop or two topically over the area that is inflamed or a few drops in a capsule have helped ME more than any little brown pill ever did. I personally have been amazed at how fast and how effectively this oil has taken away my pain associated with inflammation over the past several months. *
2. Allergy Relief
Copaiba is what is known as a "driver" oil. When applied on top of other oils, Copaiba helps to drive the other oils in deeper, which helps them to work more effectively. That, coupled with it's anti-inflammatory properties, mean that Copaiba is an excellent oil to add to your allergy arsenal. I add Copaiba to my Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint trio and together, they help to quickly knock out allergy symptoms like stuffy nose, sneezing, cough and breathing issues.**
You know how Copaiba is an anti-inflammatory? (Am I a broken record??) Well, that means it is another oil that is excellent for headache use. Simply rub a drop over your forehead to help reduce pain associated with the restriction of blood vessels that occurs during some headaches.***
Fun fact: Did you know that Copaiba is approved as a food additive in the U.S.? I can't wait to do a little more research on that one!
I love the warm, earthy scent of Copaiba, but if you don't have it on hand, you can find it in the following Young Living products:
- A.R.T. Beauty Masque
- Breathe Again Roll On
- Copaiba Vanilla moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner
- Deep Relief Roll On
- Progressence Plus
- Stress Away
Ahh, Copaiba. How do YOU use this awesome oil?
*Ok, ya'll... you know my heart here - I am not telling you to ditch the advise of your sage doctors. I am simply telling you how these oils have changed MY life. As always, use common sense and seek counsel from doctors and certified naturopaths.