Copaiba: Favorite of Brazilian Healers

Let’s start out right: how do you pronounce the name of this oil? According to an automated voice on YouTube, it’s co-PAY-ba. I’ve been saying co-pah-EEE-bah (yes, three E’s), but then I have a Southern accent.

I’d never heard of this oil, unlike some of the others, but I’m a fan now. Copaiba is steam distilled from the gum resin of tapped Copaifera reticulata trees in Brazil.

Copaiba comes in two version, the goldish-brown and the white label. The white label signifies “Vitality,” meaning it is safe for ingestion. The regular label version is exactly the same, but the distinction serves as a reminder.

Speaking of ingestion, in Peruvian and Brazilian herbal medicine, copiaba is used as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic for the urinary tract system, and in treatment of urinary problems, stomach ulcers, syphilis, tetanus, bronchitis and tuberculosis. A popular home remedy in Brazil for sore throats and tonsillitis is a half teaspoon of copaiba resin added to warm water. (Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th edition, p. 81.)

Young Living’s directions on copaiba are:

Topical: Apply 2-4 drops directly to desired area. Dilution not required, except for the most sensitive skin. Use as needed. Aromatic: Diffuse up to 1 hour 3 times daily. Caution: Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.

What are your favorite ways to use copaiba? Share in the comments!

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