Copaiba - A Powerful & Beneficial Addition to your Daily Routine

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This powerful essential oil is now available in Europe and I wanted to gather together all of the most important information about it in one place as a quick reference for you to find out more and explore the many benefits and uses of this essential oil.

Copaiba has been used for hundreds of years by traditional healers in northern Brazil for its many health benefits. Read on to find out why!

What is Copaiba Essential Oil?

Copaiba essential oil is steam distilled from the resin of the Copaiba tree found in the tropical rain forests of South America. 

doTERRA Copaiba essential oil is sourced in Brazil from four species of Copaiba.  The reason for this is to benefit from the mot potent Copaiba species and therefore a maximum potency oil. 

Watch more about the sourcing of Copaiba through the beautiful Co-Impact sourcing model in the video below. More can also bee found on the doTERRA blog Copaiba essential oil of the Amazon.

Chemical Composition

The main chemical constituent of Copaiba essential oil is a compound called beta-caryopyllene (BCP), which makes up about 50% of the composition. Research has now shown that Copaiba essential oil also contains copaene, bergamotene and humelene.

Beta Caryophyllene and the Endocannabinoid System

Beta Caryophyllene, or BCP, acts on the endocannabinoid system, and also has powerful antioxidant properties.

The endocannabinoid system is distributed through out the body and our brains, vital organs, immune cells and connective tissue. Immune response, inflammatory response, memory and appetite are all influenced by these receptors. 

BCP found in Copaiba essential oil interacts specifically with the CB2 receptors of the cannabinoid system.  CB2 receptor activation supports healthy nervous system function, proper immune function and has soothing and relaxing effects on the body, mainly through effects on inflammation*.  However, it does not interact with CB1 receptors, which are responsible for the psychoactive effects (ie the high) associated with cannabis.  Therefore, Copaiba oil delivers the benefits without the high, as it does not contain THC. 


Apart from BCP, Copaiba ontains copaene, bergamotene and humulene, which also have their own benficial properties.  In vitro research has shown that copaene may have powerful antioxidant properties and offer protection against environmental threats*. In vivo research with bergamotene suggests that it may support proper immune system function when taken internally.* Similarly, experimental research suggests that internal use of humulene may support proper inflammatory response.*

However, thanks to synergy, the benefical effects of Copaiba oil are far greater than each of the components individually, further adding to its potency. 

Benefits and Uses

The benefits and uses of Copaiba essential oil are nicely summarised here. For example:

For your skin. Copaiba has the capability of keeping your skin clear and clean while reducing the appearance of blemishes. To take advantage of this benefit, add Copaiba to your toner or serum and apply to your face in upward circular motions. Or, apply it directly your skin before applying moisturizer.

As a personal fragrance. Oils that blend well with Copaiba include Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Frankincense, or Ylang Ylang. Using any of these oils that appeal to you, create your own personal fragrance in a roller bottle, and then fill the rest of the bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil. 

For whole-body wellness. Most of the body can benefit from Copaiba—it supports the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and immune system.* South Americans have used copaiba resin for the health of many of these same systems. To take advantage of these benefits, add one to two drops to water, juice, or make your own tea using warm water and honey.

To calm occasional anxious feelings. When you’re facing a stressful day ahead or feeling worried, diffusing Copaiba’s woody scent can help calm any anxious feelings you may be experiencing.

As a way to protect and support your cells. Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to take advantage of the antioxidants—the substance that stops potential damage to your cells from oxidation.*

To unwind. Diffuse it in your room and focus on the scent to fall into a meditative state. Or, you can also use in a calming bath by adding two to three drops to body wash before mixing it in the water.

I hope that has answered some questions you may have about Copaiba.  If there is anything else you would like to know, get in touch, and I will do my best to answer your questions! I am so very excited to now have this oil in my daily routine.  Have you been using Copaiba? I would love to hear your stories about how it has impacted your life.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.