Let’s kick off Day 5 of the 14 Day Essential Oil Challenge with some lessons in pronunciation. Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis) was an oil I was totally unfamiliar with until Young Living came into my life. I pronounce it KO – PUH – EEE – BAH, but some others pronounce it KO – PAY – BAH. It’s up to you– I really don’t think anyone will correct you since they won’t know how to pronounce it either! 😉 If the songs Copa Cabana and The Girl From Ipanema were a couple, Copaiba would be their celebrity smashed-together nickname sorta like Brangelina.
SAFE WAYS TO USE COPAIBA ESSENTIAL OIL:
- Aromatically in your home diffuser or inhaling straight from the bottle
- Topically; Apply 2-4 drops as needed. Dilution not required except on kids and babies
- Dietary; Add to capsule, food or soy/rice milk
Copaiba is an oleoresin tapped from a Brazilian tree, much in the same way syrup is tapped from maple trees. It works well in blends along with other essential oils. It is a stabilizer and intensifier, which means it helps keep all of the various scents together as a whole and intensifies them. Copaiba combines well with nearly every oil because of it’s mild scent and ability to strengthen the effects of other oils. Think of it like the turbo-booster of essential oils.
Here are some of it’s benefits:
Improves Skin Appearance: There are MANY essential oils that could be used in your skin care regime, but Copiaba might be at the top. Because it has astringent properties, Copaiba is great for tightening and lifting sagging skin and wrinkles. It can be combined with Frankincense and Lavender–(two other great essential oils for soothing skin)– for an amazing body balm to help blemishes, scars, irritated skin, dark spots and so much more.
Luscious Locks: Copaiba Vanilla Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner are both rich, hydrating hair care for dry or damaged hair. It smells SO good, too.
Breathe Easier: Place a few drops of Copaiba in a hot shower along with RC, Raven or Eucalyptus Radiata. The warm water will calm and soothe you, and the oil will diffuse with the steam for an invigorating inhalation experience. These same oils can be diffused inside an enclosed area and inhaled, or applied topically to the chest and throat with V6 carrier oil. Copaiba is also great for mixing with honey and warm water to create a tea. You also might want to add a drop of lemon oil!
Boost Immunity*: Frankincense, Copaiba and Idaho Balsam Fir may help boost immunity. You can add five drops of each of these oils to a vegetable capsule and take internally as a quick pick-me-up for your immune system. You can also diffuse this combination to get similar benefits.
Lighten the Mood: Yet another great oil for improving your mood and lightening your mental load. This blends very well with Frankincense, Lavender, Stress Away or Peace and Calming to help relax and unwind after a long day.
Easy to Digest: Copaiba may support healthy digestion, which makes it a great supplement to help prevent occasional indigestion and abdominal pain.*
For your Day 5 Challenge, I want you to do more research on Copaiba on Google. Search around and read all about it’s amazing qualities. We are SO lucky that this amazing, rare oil is a part of the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living.
Copaiba is found in these popular products:
- ART Beauty Masque
- Breathe-Again Roll-on
- Copaiba Vanilla Shampoo
- Copaiba Vanilla Conditioner
- Progessence Plus
- Stress Away
Oil Safety and Interactions:
- Like ALL essential oils, keep out of reach of children so they don’t accidentally swallow it. Call 911 immediately if this happens.
- Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes.
- If you are taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.
- Do not store above room temperature.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure disease.