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Copaiba (Copal)

CopaibaWhen discussing Essential Oils most people have heard of lavender, lemon, peppermint, geranium, and some of the other well known ones.  However, few people have heard about Copaiba.

Here is some information of this very versatile essential oil.

Botanical Family: Leguminosae (flowering plants)

Extraction Method/Origin: Steam distillation from oleoresin – Brazil and Ecuador

Chemical constituents: Sesquiterpenes (up to 90%): b-caryophyllene (up to 52%), copaene (>15%), tans-a-bergamotene (>8%), a-cubebene, y- & b-elemene, b-cubebene.

Properties: Analgesic, powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic, and stimulant (circulatory, pulmonary systems).

Common Primary Uses: Anxiety, muscle aches, pain.

Historical Uses: The oleoresin has traditionally been used for inflammation (internal and external), skin disorders, respiratory problems including bronchitis and sinusitis, and urinary tract problems including cystitis and bladder and kidney infections.  It has also been used for bleeding, gonorrhea, hemorrhages, herpes, incontinence, insect bites, pain, pleurisy, sore throats, stomach ulcers, syphilis, tetanus, tonsillitis, tuberculosis, and tumors.  All of these traditional uses have been verified by modern research.

Body Systems affected: Cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems, muscles and bones, emotional balance and skin.

Aromatic Influence: Copaiba helps to elevate the mood and lift depression.  It also helps to combat nervous tension, stress problems and anxiety.  Copaiba is believed to amplify the effects of any other essential oil.

Application: Apply to Vita Flex points and directly on area on concern.

Oral Use as Dietary Supplement:  The oleoresin is generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA when taken in small doses (less than 5ml).  It is also approved by the FDA for use as a Food Additive (FA) or Flavouring Agent (FL).   Dilute 1 drop oil in 1 teaspoon of honey or in 4 ounces of beverage (i.e soy/rice milk).

Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Safety Data:  Repeated use can possibly result in contact sensitization.

Odour:  Copaiba is a base note oil with a  soft, sweet and balsamic aroma.

Young Living products:  Single Blend and Deep Relief roll on








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