One of the world’s most powerful anti-inflammatory agents comes from the oil of copaiba trees—trees native to the Amazon rainforest that grow to more than 100-feet tall. For centuries, Amazonian natives used copaiba oil in folk remedies far before it became known in the 21st century for relieving pain, alleviating stress, and fighting bacteria.
Because of its source, copaiba essential oil is a direct link to the theory that humans evolved to breath trees and Paleo Air® rich in terpenes, or scent molecules, that benefit our overall health and well-being.
History of Copaiba
Since the Amazon rainforest is a secluded, dense, trove of plant and animal treasures, copaiba remained fairly unknown to most of the world for hundreds of years.1 Only native peoples, including tribes as far away as Panama, knew about and used copaiba.
It wasn’t until the 16th century when early explorers discovered the benefits of copaiba oil and began harvesting copaiba trees specifically for essential oil production. After this discovery, copaiba oil quickly became a key ingredient in cosmetics, skincare, and natural remedies.2
In the early 21st century, research emerged highlighting copaiba oil’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.3 You can get these benefits and others by applying the oil topically or inhaling it as part of an aromatherapy session.
Compound Properties of Copaiba
Copaiba’s unique and powerful chemical profile is characterized by a range of beneficial biochemical agents. The first and most important of these agents is B-Caryophyllene (BCP)— a biochemical that regulates nervous, endocrine, and immune systems function and is responsible for the oil’s anti-inflammatory properties.
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Other biochemicals adding depth to copaiba oil’s rich profile include A-Copaene, Cadinene, Germacrene B, and B-Selinene, all of which are readily absorbed by the human body and contribute to the fast relief associated with copaiba oil use.4
Uses for Copaiba Essential Oil
Copaiba is a popular and effective remedy for a variety of ailments. It is commonly used to address skin conditions, such as acne, reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks, and improving elasticity of skin, but also has multiple additional applications, including:
Copaiba oil is a proven remedy for headaches and migraines, as well as pain caused by injuries and wounds. Additionally, the oil can be used to relieve muscle cramps and joint pain. Copaiba oil may be applied topically as an analgesic for muscle and joint pain or inhaled in an aromatherapy session to target headaches. Relieve MONQ personal aromatherapy diffuser contains copaiba and is a perfect option to for pain and headache relief.
The BCP in copaiba significantly boosts immune and endocrine function, both of which are essential for fighting infection. Thus, copaiba essential oil can be used topically as a mild antiseptic for cuts or wounds, or ingested to fight harmful, disease-causing bacteria.5
Copaiba essential oils are often used in aromatherapy to improve mood and relieve stress and anxiety.6 You can find copaiba essential oil in Healthy MONQ personal aromatherapy diffusers— portable, breathable aromatherapy options that can be used to relieve pain and improve mood.
Oral Health Care
Though most essential oils are only safe when diffused or applied topically, copaiba essential oil is safe to use for oral health care when used properly. Because copaiba oil is an antibacterial agent, it can be used to combat Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria linked to tooth decay, and prevent cavities.
Safety and Precautions
Unlike many essential oils that should only be diffused or used topically, copaiba can be ingested in small quantities. In regular doses, the oil presents little or no side effects; however, it should not be used in large doses for a sustained period of time. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use this essential oil.7
Copaiba essential oil offers multipurpose analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and mood-lifting benefits. For centuries, copaiba has been prized for its medicinal properties— from use in native Amazon folk medicine to its use today, copaiba remains beneficial and effective, and it is a direct link to the terpene-rich, Paleo Air® humans evolved to breath. Copaiba and its benefits are easily accessible via Forest, Healthy, Active, and Relieve MONQ personal aromatherapy diffusers.