No Ibuprofen or NSAIDS…A Copaiba Story:
“I have had great success treating the pain from work-related back and shoulder strain, and repetitive strain to my right arm and shoulder, without using any N.S.A.I.D.’s (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) which are known to tax the liver, cause stomach pain and heartburn, ringing in the ears, allergies, and more.
Instead, for pain and inflammation I have been using Genuine Therapeutic Grade Copaiba Essential Oil from Young Living, applied directly to the skin and massaged in to the affected area. We have used Copaiba alone, both ‘neat’ and diluted in a carrier oil, with almost immediate noticeable results.
We have also used Copaiba as a ‘magnifier oil’ to amplify the effects of a previously applied essential oil for pain. For example, the time I dropped a heavy crystal vase on the top of my husbands foot. In this case we immediately applied PanAway™ Essential Oil Blend to the bruised area, followed by Copaiba approximately thirty minutes following the first oil application, to ‘drive in’ the first oil and amplify it’s effectivness. The pain and swelling was gone within the hour with no visible bruising!
It’s good to know there are amazing natural plant based medicines known for centuries to other cultures which we can now use for inflammation and pain that are natural and safe without harmful side effects.”
~ Diana E. Natalie Johnson
Copaiba trees grow in rainforest regions of the world such as Peru and Brazil. The oil we use is distilled from the gum resin that is wild harvested from Brazilian Copaiba tree. This genuine grade essential oil contains the highest amounts of beta caryophyllene (55 %) of any know essential oil. Caryophyllene is a well known plant chemical which has been documented with regard to its strong anti-inflammatory effects.
“A single copaiba tree can provide about 40 liters of oleoresin annually, making it a sustainable rainforest resource that can be harvested without destroying the tree or the forest in which it grows”.
The Essential Oils Desk Reference ~ Sixth Edition, sites thirteen research studies published on Copaiba’s properties and actions within the body. Much of the clinical research performed to date has verified the traditional uses of Copaiba.
Only the Brazilian copaiba or ‘copal’ as it is called in Brazil (derived from the the Spanish word for incense, “copelli”), has a GRAS distinction in the United States, and has the most published research on its anti-inflammatory effects.
- powerful anti-inflammatory
- relieves pain including muscle aches & pains and joint stiffness
- kills bacteria / germs / fungi / disinfects
- inhibits tumor growth
- heals wounds
- protects gastric tract
- antiseptic for kidney and urinary tract preventing infection
- expels phlegm & reduces cough, eases bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat
- soothes skin, insect bites, skin disorders
- anxiolytic, with sesquiterpene content ranging from 30 to 90%
The following chart shows the common medicinal uses for Copaiba around the globe:
WORLDWIDE ETHNOMEDICAL USES FOR COPAIBA
|Amazonia||for coughs, excessive mucous, flu, gonorrhea, incontinence, inflammation, psoriasis, skin sores, syphilis, urinary tract disorders, wounds, and as a diuretic and disinfectant|
|Brazil||for bacterial infections, bladder infections, bronchitis, cancer, cough, cystitis, dandruff, dermatitis, dermatosis, diarrhea, dysentery, flu, gastric disorders, gonorrhea, hypertension, incontinence, inflammation, intestinal parasites, kidney inflammation, lung disorders, pain, pneumonia, psoriasis, respiratory problems, sinusitis, skin disorders, skin ulcers, sore throat, stomach ulcers, syphilis, tetanus, tumors, urinary infections, urinary inflammation, vaginal discharge, wounds, and as an antiseptic|
|Europe||for bladder irritation, bronchitis, chilblains, constipation, cystitis, diarrhea, excessive mucous (bladder, vagina, respiratory tract), edema, gonorrhea, hemorrhoids, intestinal gas, itch, stimulant, urinary inflammation, vaginal discharge, venereal diseases, and as an antiseptic and diuretic|
|Peru||for bronchitis, excessive mucous, diuretic, edema, gonorrhea, hemorrhages, herpes, incontinence, inflammation, intestinal gas, insect bites, leishmaniasis, muscle pain, pleurisy, syphilis, tetanus, tuberculosis, ulcers, urinary infections, vaginal discharge, venereal disease, wounds|
|U. S.||as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, stimulant|
|Elsewhere||for constipation, dermatitis, eczema, gonorrhea, urinary insufficiency, venereal diseases, wounds, and as a massage oil|
Copaiba Essential Oil may be “diffused, inhaled directly, or applied topically.
Topically, Copaiba essential oil may be applied ‘neat’ (undiluted) or diluted in a carrier oil such as coconut, sweet almond, or V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex. Apply to Vitaflex* points. Apply directly to the skin to soothe muscles after exercise, or to reduce inflammation and pain from overworked or strained muscles.
Copaiba is also know for it’s ability as a “driver oil” to create “oil synergy” by enhancing the effectiveness of a previously applied essential oil or essential oil combination.
Massage on lower abdomen for urinary system support and support for bladder control. Mix several drops with Epsom Salt for a Sitz Bath to support blood circulation in the legs.
Genuine Therapeutic Grace Copaiba essential oil “may be added to food or soy or rice milk as a dietary supplement.” Or mix with honey and warm water for a warming, essential oil-infused tea.
Copaiba Essential Oil Safety:
Copaiba is approved as a food additive in the United States. Approved as G.R.A.S. (Generally Regarded As Safe).
REFERENCES: Essential Oils Desk Reference, Sixth Edition. © 2014, Life Science Publishing. Nerys Purchon, The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness”, and Lora Cantele. ©2014. Robert Rose Inc. The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs by Leslie Taylor, copyrighted © 2005, Experience The World of Essential Oils ~ Version 2.0, ©2015, Young Living. http://www.rain-tree.com – tropical plant database.
IMPORTANT: THE INFORMATION WITHIN THIS DOCUMENT WAS OBTAINED FROM REPUTABLE RESOURCES (REFERENCED), LECTURES, AND BIOCHEMISTRY EDUCATION WHICH THE AUTHOR HAS RECEIVED OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PRESCRIBE OR RECOMMEND A PARTICULAR TREATMENT OR PROTOCOL, BUT RATHER, TO EMPOWER THE READER WITH KNOWLEDGE THAT MIGHT HELP THEM TO HELP THEMSELVES TO BETTER HEALTH NATURALLY.
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