What is Copaiba Oil?
Have you ever imagined an oil that can help from hydration to relieving muscular pain?
If for many people Copaiba oil is still little known, for others it is almost a family tradition. Thanks to the proximity to the copaiba trees, typical trees of the Amazon, from which the oil is extracted through an incision in the tree trunk, the native people of the region, for example, have been using the oil for medicinal purposes for several generations, and science is increasingly proving its properties. And there are more than a few properties!
Here are some uses and benefits of Copaiba Oil
- Helps relieve rheumatism – due to its anti-inflammatory power, massages with it are ideal for cases of muscle pain.
- It is a great antiseptic and anti-inflammatory – Even before any study, popular knowledge in the Amazon region already said that, to treat a sore throat, one should only pass a gauze soaked in copaiba oil in the throat for three days. What science has been discovering is that there is a reason for this. This is because copaiba oil contains large amounts of diterpenes and sesquiterpenes, substances with proven anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antiseptic actions.
- It has a healing function – Historians say that the original people became aware of this property of copaiba oil when they noticed how injured animals rubbed themselves against the trunk of the copaiba trees. This oil accelerates the healing of wounds on the skin, which also helps in the treatment of skin diseases such as dermatitis, psoriasis, among others.
- It is an excellent moisturizer for skin and hair – Accumulating the functions of anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and healing, it is not surprising that the oil of copaiba is a good choice of moisturizer. Thanks to its healing properties, it helps in the treatment of acneic skin, as well as assists in the recovery of scalp with problems such as mycosis, dandruff, and seborrhea. It is worth pointing out, however, that because they are highly concentrated, essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin.
How to use Copaiba oil?
Let’s learn some ways to use it on a daily basis…
- As an aromatherapy – the woody aroma of copaiba oil helps to reduce stress and anxiety, providing emotional stability. It is believed that this way it also helps in cases of headaches.
- As a massage oil – as a powerful anti-inflammatory, massages with copaiba oil are ideal in cases of muscle pain. Just add 25 to 50 drops of it in 100ml of vegetable oil.
- As a moisturizer for the face and hair – recommendation: 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and 1 drop of copaiba oil for the face and 5 drops for the hair.
- In compresses – are indicated for localized pains in the body. It is recommended to use 5 to 10 drops in 500ml of water.
- In sitz baths – due to its anti-inflammatory action, sitz baths are recommended in cases of hemorrhoids and in the treatment of urinary tract infections. It is recommended 10 drops, dissolved in 1 tsp of vegetable oil for 2 liters of water.
- Topical use: this form of use is especially indicated for its healing action, for localized application in manifestations of dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and other skin problems. It is recommended 5 drops of the oil in 1 tbsp of calendula oil.
An important observation is not to use it directly on the skin, always use diluted in some vegetable oil of your preference. And the contraindication is only for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 6 years.
Curious Story about Copaiba:
The Jesuit José de Anchieta tells the Prior of the Society of Jesus in 1560 about a plant he had met in Brazil: the Copaiba.
“Among the trees, one seems worthy of mention (although there are others that distill a liquid, similar to resin, and that serves for medicine) which distills a very delicate juice, which some want to be balsam; which, at first by the holes, made by the worm, or also by the incisions opened with knives or axes, runs like oil, then, coagulating, seems to present the appearance of balsam: the smell it gives off is not very strong, but very pleasant; and it is excellent for healing wounds, because not even traces of scars remain, as they say has been proved by experience.”
**Anchieta, J.; Cartas Inéditas, Ed. Da Fundação Getulio Vargas: São Paulo, 1989.
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