Coipaba (Copal) ~ Copaifera reticulata

9:38 PM Posted by Jo Pedranti


Coipaba, Copaifera reticulata/langsdorfii originates in Brazil and it is part of the Caesalpiniaceae family. Coipaba is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. "Copal" is derived from the Spanish word for incense, copelli, and any number of resinous gums or exudates from threes in Malaysia and South America are known as "Copal". According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference, the Brazilian copaiba has the most published research on its anti-inflammatory effects.

Historical Uses
According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference, the healers in the Amazon use resin for all kinds of pain and inflammatory disorders. In Peru 2-3 drops of resin is mixed with honey and used as remedy for sore throat. In the Brazilian and Peruvian herbal medicine system it is listed as and antiseptic and anti-inflammatory for the urinary tract, and it is used in the treatment of bronchitis, tetanus, and tuberculosis.

The Reference Guide states that copaiba has historically been used for stomach ulcers, tumors, incontinence, syphilis, bleeding, hemorrhages and pleurisy. According to the guide, it has been verified by modern research.

Fragrance Influences
The Reference Guide for Essential Oils states that the aroma of copaiba lifts depression and helps elevate mood as well as to help combat stress problems, nervous tension and anxiety. 

Properties
Coipaba has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory (powerful), mycolytic and antiulcer  properties according to the Essential Oils Desk Reference. The Reference Guide for Essential Oils also mentions that copaiba is a stimulant for the circulatory and the pulmonary system.

EODR states that copaiba can be used for pain relief since it is a strong anti-inflammatory and it can also be used for insect bites, arthritis, skin disorder, rheumatism, stomach distress, sore throat and urinary disorders. 
The Reference Guide for Essential Oils says that it may also help with constipation, edema, dyspepsia, flu, flatulence, bacterial infections, wounds, stiffness, colds and diarrhea.


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Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 
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Source:

Connie and Alan Higley, (Twelfth Edition, revised 2010). Reference Guide for Essential Oils. Abundant Health
The Essential Oils Desk Reference. (Fifth edition 2011). Life Science Publishing
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