Last Updated on December 13, 2021 by melissanreynolds
Copaiba essential oil is relatively new in the chronic pain relief discussion however has been widely used in traditional health practices since the 16th century.
What is copaiba essential oil?
The essential oil is distilled from a resin that comes from tapping the Copaiba tree.
What it does
It works in the endocannabinoid system- much like low dose naltrexone, cannabis and CBD oil. Copaiba is thought to directly effect receptors that deal in the nervous system with effects in inflammation, endocrine system, pain, cardiovascular system and more. The nervous system is a part we would like to positively influence in fibromyalgia.
I have found success with low dose naltrexone and write about that here. So when I found out that CBD oil can work synergistically with LDN, I put it on my mental wish list.
Unfortunately CBD oil is classified the same as cannabis under the law in New Zealand. Meaning it will be a long time before I can try it. People with certain conditions can receive a prescription for it but if they do get one, the CBD oil is very expensive. Edited 2021: More people can have it prescribed now, but it is still super expensive. Prohibitively so. Plus the supply is not guaranteed.
Copaiba is legal! And cheaper.
How to use copaiba essential oil
Topically is the most often recommended way to utilise essential oils. You can also diffuse or inhale. Some companies say you can ingest their oils if they are food grade. Do check with a qualified professional about this as some oils can be dangerous if ingested.
Also remember that essential oils are like super charged herbal teas – they are way more concentrated so a little goes a long way. Please check with a medical professional before using essential oils to ensure safety of their use and any potential drug interactions.
My experience with copaiba
It was suggested that I try either one drop sublingually (under the tongue) or a drop with some coconut oil topically where the pain occurs.
I found it difficult to administer the sublingual drop but found you can take a drop in water or juice.
On the first night, after being unable to get a drop under my tongue I wiped the dropper saw some oil in my finger and wiped that under my tongue. I did seem to be able to fall asleep faster than I had been.
The next day I tried a drop in coconut oil and placed it directly on my neck and shoulders – my trigger points had been playing up since a car accident a few weeks prior and those muscles became more tight and sore again. It really seemed to help. The effect was probably amplified as I lay down to do a 30 minute meditation too.
It became my go to for increased muscle pain and tightness in my shoulders and neck. It was especially useful as my trigger points were flared up due to a car accident and being unable to take a muscle relaxant while breastfeeding.
I am super excited for this addition to my pain plan!
My Own Roller Bottle
I made my own roller bottle of refined coconut oil, copaiba, peppermint, frankincense and lavender. I have carried it around in my bag everywhere I have gone for at least two years. It is my first line of defense. I use a 10 ml roller bottle and 20 drops of oils.
It’s very hard to provide links to “recipes” that aren’t created by people who sell essential oils. But this is my go-to dilution for myself. You can do your own research to choose a blend.
Where to get your own to try?
Eden’s Garden is voted the number one non MLM essential oil company and has copaiba – not all companies do. You can get that here. (Affiliate link, I will receive a small commission if you purchase using this link at no extra cost to you).
While you are at it you might like to add Frankincense and lavender. These are the components of my wee blend, along with fractionated coconut oil, in my roller bottle. You can add peppermint if you are not nursing. Please Google search for dilution ratios if making your own blends.
Let me know what you think of essential oils for pain relief? Have you used copaiba?