How To Best Use Copaiba Essential Oil Recipes

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Copaiba essential oil has been used medicinally since the 16th century by indigenous people for many natural treatments.

amber glass bottle filled with copaiba essential oil beauty blend
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There have been recent studies that scrutinize the benefits of essential oils for medicinal use. If you’re new to essential oils, I encourage you to do your own research before incorporating them into your wellness routine.

I’m not a medical professional. I’m sharing what I have learned about copaiba essential oil from personal experience and research.

What Is Copaiba Essential Oil

Copaiba oil comes from resin of the different species of copaiba trees found in South America. The resin is the sticky gum you see in the trunks of trees. The oil is taken by steam distilling.

Steam Distilling:

Water is boiled, creating steam that is passed through plant material.

Then, the steam carries the aromatic compounds from the plant to a collection tube

where the steam cools and turns back into water.

From there, a pure, clean essential oil can easily be separated from the water.

-The dōTERRA Essentials (book)

Copaiba has a soothing, spicy, woodsy aroma.

How is Copaiba Oil Used

  • By diffusing
  • Internal use
  • Topical application

Choosing An Essential Oil Brand

It’s especially important if you are taking essential oils internally to choose a pure oil with zero fillers and contaminants. Visit each brand’s website to find wether or not they recommend their oils for internal use.

There are many reputable essential oil companies. When choosing a brand make sure they disclose the botanical name, country of origin, how the oil is sourced, and complete transparency of testing results.

You should also look for quality ID number ( or batch ID number), and the expiration date printed on each bottle.

What Can Copaiba Essential Oil Be Used For

There are sooo many uses for copaiba essential oil! Take a look at just a few….

  1. Add it to a natural moisturizer for healthy looking skin and diminish the appearance of blemishes.
  2. Use it internally as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
  3. Diffuse to help with clear breathing. Indigenous people actually used copaiba to treat bronchitis!
  4. Naturally manage pain relief. Take a drop of copaiba under the tongue at the first inkling of a headache.
  5. Dilute with fractionated coconut oil in a roller bottle and apply on your neck to combat anxious feelings after a stressful day.
  6. Add a drop to a glass of water in the morning to support the digestive system.
  7. Sooth a teething baby by rubbing a drop of copaiba essential oil on the gums and jaw line.
  8. Apply topically on sore muscles.
  9. Mix a drop of copaiba and a drop of peppermint or clove oil in a little bit of water and use as mouth wash for good oral health.
  10. Provides powerful antioxidant support when taken internally.
  11. Wonderful immune system booster.
  12. Use when making your own natural skin care.

Copaiba Essential Oil Recipes

Diffuser Blends

Choose an oil blend from the recipes below and add to your diffuser, fill the rest of the way with distilled water. Follow your diffuser’s instructions for water capacity.

Relaxy Time

  • 2 drops copaiba oil
  • 2 drops lavender oil
  • 2 drops ylang ylang

Tropical Breeze

  • 2 drops copaiba oil
  • 2 drops lemon oil
  • 3 drops bergamot oil

Easy Breathing

  • 2 drops copaiba oil
  • 2 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 3 drops peppermint oil

Clean Air

  • 3 drops copaiba oil
  • 3 drops onguard oil

Good Morning

  • 2 drops copaiba oil
  • 2 drops marjoram oil
  • 3 drops tangerine oil

Sweet Dreams

  • 2 drops copaiba oil
  • 2 drops lavender oil
  • 2 drops vetiver oil

Roller Bottle Blends

When making roller bottle blends add each essential oil to a 10mL amber glass bottle, then top off with a carrier oil. I personally use fractionated coconut oil. Secure the rollerball, tighten lid and shake well. Use multiple times a day as needed.

Sore Muscle Aches

  • 10 drops copaiba oil
  • 10 drops deep blue oil

Acne Flare Spots

  • 7 drops copaiba oil
  • 7 drops geranium oil
  • 6 drops tea tree oil

Headache Relief

  • 8 drops copaiba oil
  • 6 drops lavender oil
  • 6 drops peppermint oil

Stress Be Gone

  • 7 drops copaiba oil
  • 7 drops bergamot oil
  • 6 drops wild orange oil

Menstrual Cramps Relief

  • 8 drops of copaiba oil
  • 6 drops of clary sage oil
  • 6 drops of peppermint oil

Possible Side Effects When Using Copaiba Essential Oil Recipes

Copaiba essential oil is very mild.

Skin irritation is the most common side effect, be sure to always do a skin patch test before using topically.

Always keep essential oils away from the reach of children.

Make sure to consult with your doctor before use if you have an ongoing medical condition.

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References Copaiba Meta-Analysis by Dr. Damian Rodriguez, DHSc, MS

Florida Atlantic University. “Copaiba: Silver bullet or snake oil?.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 June 2017. <>.

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