The science of Copaiba

The essential oil of Copaiba is obtained by steam distillation of the resin collected from four different species of Copaifera trees: Copaifera reticulata, C. officinalis, C. coriacea, and C. langsdorffii. All of these four trees are native to Central and South America. These are described as having a spicy, woody aroma. The main chemical component of the essential oil of Copaiba is caryophyllene, a bi-cyclic sesquiterpene also found in black pepper. Although caryophyllene is responsible for some of the bioactive properties of Copaiba, many other properties of the oil are attributed to diterpenes unique to Copaiba.

For centuries, South Americans have Copaiba resin used to promote the health of the respiratory, digestive, urinary, cardiovascular and immune systems. As reported by the first European settlers of Central and South America, the Native American Indians used the soothing properties of Copaiba oil resin by smearing it on their newborns as well as on warriors returning home from battle. Current research provides an explanation for the traditional use of Copaiba oil, and suggests that Copaiba essential oil is calming, soothing and supportive to the skin and nervous system.*

Recent research on caryophyllene suggests a number of other ways in which Copaiba essential oil can support general health. When taken internally, caryophyllene possesses strong antioxidant properties, promotes healthy cell function, may help support immune function while supporting overall circulatory health, and may help support gastrointestinal and digestive health. the large intestine.*

Additional research has shown that the essential oil of Copaiba (with all its ingredients) can help keep the mouth, teeth and gums clean and looking healthy. Topically applied Copaiba oil can also help keep the skin clean and clear and reduce the appearance of pimples. Another interesting experimental study has shown that Copaiba internally can help support uterine health and ease menstruation.*

As a natural substance that can support the health of a number of body systems, Copaiba a wonderful addition to the doTERRA collection of essential oils.

The doTERRA Science blog articles are based on a variety of scientific sources. Many of the studies referenced are preliminary and further research is needed to better understand the findings. Some articles offer multiple views on general health topics and are not the official stance of doTERRA. Consult your doctor before making any changes to diet or exercise.

*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.

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