Extracted from the copaiba, a large tree found mainly in the Amazon rainforest, copaiba oil has a number of medicinal properties.
After decades of use as a folk remedy, bitter-tasting oil now has scientific backing. Research has shown that copaiba balsam serves to reduce inflammatory processes, improve skin health and even lift the astral.
But these are not the only benefits of copaiba oil. Check them all out below.
Indications of the Copaíba oil
Here's what copaiba oil is for:
- Treat skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis;
- Moisturize the skin;
- Sterilize and disinfect injured tissue;
- Accelerate wound healing;
- Reduce oiliness of the skin;
- Assist in expectoration and decrease access to cough;
- Stimulate kidney function;
- Reduce blood pressure;
- Fighting stress and calming the mind;
- Reduce pain caused by rheumatic diseases;
- Treat urinary tract infections.
There is also evidence that the oil can be used in the prevention and treatment of certain types of cancer (such as the skin), and also stimulate the healing of stomach ulcers.
Does copaiba oil lose weight?
The sap of copaibeira is just the last of the many essential oils to be released as aids to the slimming process. There are, however, so far no studies that prove that copaiba oil is thin.
It is possible, however, that some of the benefits of copaiba oil contribute indirectly to this slimming effect.
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The oil's anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties, as well as its action on bowel function, reduce fluid retention and combat constipation.
Finally, when relaxing the mind, copaiba oil reduces anxiety, an effect that can prevent binge eating (or the desire to eat even without an organic need).
7 Benefits of Copaiba Oil
1. Can prevent cancer
According to studies carried out by researchers from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), copaiba oil presents compounds that may be effective in fighting nine different types of tumors, including lung, skin, breast, prostate, and kidneys.
In addition to anticancer activity, scientists have also found evidence of the benefits of copaiba oil in the treatment of HIV and leishmaniasis.
2. It is a natural treatment for skin problems
The main indication of copaiba oil is for the treatment of the skin. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and bactericidal potential, oil not only nourishes tissue but also helps to cure conditions such as athlete's foot, insect bites, rashes, dermatitis, wounds, eczema, between others.
Massaged with cotton directly on the face, copaiba oil helps to deeply moisturize the skin, soothing wrinkles and expression marks.
Copaiba oil is also used to improve the irregular appearance of skin with stretch marks or cellulite, as it stimulates the synthesis of collagen.
3. Has analgesic action
When applied directly on the skin, copaiba oil decreases joint pain and also relaxes the muscles.
Thus, it can be used both in the treatment of conditions such as gout, fibromyalgia and arthritis, as well as sports injuries.
A massage with a few drops of oil directly on tendons and inflamed ligaments can be of great help in treating tendonitis and other inflammation caused by repetitive strain.
Lightly heated, the liquid can be applied over the lumbar spine to treat low back pain associated with chronic inflammation.
4. Treats respiratory diseases
The use of the oil as an expectorant relaxes the expiratory muscles - involved in breathing - and unblocks the pulmonary alveoli, clearing the respiratory channels. In this way, it assists in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, rhinitis and cigars.
5. It is anti-inflammatory and bactericidal
This is one of the most sought after properties of copaiba oil by those who make topical use of the product.
Research has shown that the oil extracted from the copaibeira has a high content of beta-caryophyllene, a chemical compound also found in oregano, black pepper, rosemary, basil and even marijuana.
Among other functions, the substance serves to modulate the inflammatory response of the body and block the harmful action of pathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa).
That means there are benefits of copaiba oil to treat problems like common colds, colds, cystitis, hemorrhoids, muscle aches, herpes, ringworm and stomach ulcers.
There are also reports (not scientifically proven) that the oil's anti-inflammatory action could unclog and regenerate blood vessels, improving the health of the cardiovascular system.
6. Calm the mind
By the action of betacariophilene, there are benefits of copaiba oil through soothing properties to the nervous system.
Widely used in aromatherapy (the branch of herbal medicine that uses plant scents to treat a variety of conditions), oil reduces anxiety and helps prevent mood swings.
7. It is diuretic
Copaiba oil increases urinary frequency, serving to reduce swelling and eliminate toxins. This property of copaiba oil stimulates the reduction of blood pressure, which is why people with naturally low blood pressure should avoid using the compound. Intake of the oil also helps in the treatment of urinary tract infections, such as cystitis and urethritis.
Side Effects of Copaiba Oil
Due to its oily nature, copaiba sap can accelerate bowel movements, causing stomach discomfort and diarrhea. Other possible side effects of copaiba oil:
- Skin rashes;
Copaiba oil is contraindicated for pregnant and lactating women.
How to use copaiba oil
For the treatment of skin problems or wound healing, it is recommended to apply a few drops of copaiba oil 3 or 4 times a day on the affected area.
In the specific case of pains caused by rheumatic diseases, the oil should be slightly softened before being massaged over the inflamed joint.
The oral use of the product should only be done under medical supervision, because in excess the copaiba oil can cause intoxication. And even with the release of the doctor, the use needs to proceed very gradually, in order to avoid possible reactions to copaiba oil.
The guidance on how to take the copaiba oil suggested below is given by one of the leading manufacturers of the product:
- In the first week, one drop per day (preferably in the morning) diluted in water is enough to adapt the organism and at the same time guarantee the benefits of copaiba oil;
- From the second week, two drops per day (also mixed with water or juice) may be ingested, and so on over the next few weeks, until reaching a maximum amount of 3-4 drops day.
Where to find
You can find to buy copaiba oil at drugstores or in stores and sites specializing in natural products.
Always try to give preference to oil of Amazonian origin, considered superior to the other oils extracted from trees of other Brazilian regions.
One of the explanations for this difference would be the kind of soil where the copaibeira is found, seen as more "rich" in the area of the great tropical forest.
The price of copaiba oil will vary according to the brand of the product and its origin, but in general the values usually stay in the range of R $ 3, 0 - R $ 3, 0 the bottle with 30 ml.
Copaiba oil in capsules can be found for R $ 7, 0 the package with 60 capsules of 500mg.
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