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A miracle cure that has antibacterial, wound-healing, anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties and has been used in Brazilian and African folk medicine for centuries - the Copaifera plant is said to combine exactly these properties.

Before you use Copaiba products, would you like to find out about the effects and side effects? Then you have come to the right place. You will find all the important information on the subject. You will also find an overview of the current state of research.

The most important

  • Various copaiba products are obtained from the Copaifera tree. In addition to burning the wood, oil or balsam can be extracted from the tree trunk and its resin.
  • When used internally through oil or capsules, copaiba products can have an anti-inflammatory and immune system-boosting effect. When used externally as a balm, copaiba is said to have a wound-healing effect.
  • The indigenous people of Brazil have used copaiba as a folk medicine for centuries. This is why the Copaifera plant is still attributed the attribute of natural medicine today.

Copaiba: Our Selection

In addition to all the important information about Copaiba, we would like to present our favourite products. We have rated the two best Copaiba oils for internal and external use and the best Copaiba balm. Maybe you will find the right product for you here.

Buying and evaluation criteria for Copaiba products

In this section, we would like to show you what you should pay particular attention to when buying Copaiba products. For this purpose, we have compiled some buying criteria.

In addition to these criteria, the following principle always applies: Best quality at a reasonable price. In the following, you can take a closer look at our suggestions for buying criteria.

Use

The most important criterion for evaluating your Copaiba product is its use. You can basically distinguish between two types of use. Pay attention to the type of use for which your Copaiba product is suitable.

Copaiba can be used externally and internally.

Internal use is usually intended to reduce inflammation or strengthen the immune system. For this type of use, it can be very important to talk to your doctor beforehand.

The second form is the external application. For example, Copaiba oil can be used as a cosmetic on the skin. As cosmetics, Copaiba products are often used against acne or as a wound healing agent. Before buying a Copaiba product, you should be aware of its intended use.

Freedom from harmful substances

It is especially important that your products are free of harmful substances. After all, no one wants to harm their body and spend money on it. You should therefore pay close attention to the ingredients of the product containing Copaiba.

If necessary, it may also make sense to ask for various certificates from the manufacturer. An organic certificate can tell you a lot about how your product is obtained and produced

Dosage form

The dosage form should also play a role in your purchase decision. Whether Copaiba oil, balm or capsules, all forms are characterised by different functions and prices

We advise you to decide on the dosage form according to the intended use rather than the price.

In general, capsules are intended for internal use, for example to prevent inflammation, while balms are for external use on the skin.

Copaiba oil can have different forms of application. Some should be used on the skin and some may be for ingestion

Quantity and dosage

Last but not least, we have taken the quantity and dosage as a purchase criterion. Of course, it depends on the intended use, the dosage form and also on individual needs.

Especially if you take Copaiba for internal use, you should pay close attention to the package leaflet and, if necessary, consult your doctor or pharmacist about an adequate dosage. This way you can achieve the perfect effect and never run the risk of possibly harming your body

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying Copaiba products

After we have presented our favourite Copaiba products and examined our purchase and evaluation criteria in more detail, we would like to provide you with everything else you need to know about Copaiba in our guide. This way you are best informed about this topic.

What is Copaiba and how does it work?

Copaiba-containing products are basically made from the resin of the Copaifera tree. There are different species, which differ in the region of cultivation.

Copaifera trees are found both in South America and Africa. The indigenous people already used the resin of the Copaifera plant as a natural medicine for various diseases.

Copaiba products such as balm or oil are mainly characterised by their main active ingredient β-caryophyllene. This cannabinoid can have analgesic and anti-inflammatory, but not intoxicating, effects.

In the following, we have compiled a list of medical conditions for which Copaiba can be effective as a remedy, based on various scientific studies.

  • Liver diseases
  • Acne
  • Healing wounds
  • Copaiba as an anti-inflammatory
  • Copaiba against pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses
  • For immune disorders (2)
  • Painkillers (3)

Especially the oil can be used in different ways. It works on the skin (for example, for skin blemishes or acne) and also when ingested, for example, for immune disorders. (1)

External use

Several small pilot studies have identified a potential effect of copaiba on acne vulgaris. Due to the wound-healing effect of Copaiba oil, external inflammations, papules or pustules slowly disappeared in the test participants.

If you suffer from any form of acne, we advise you to talk to a dermatologist to ensure the best possible medical and cosmetic treatment. (4, 5)

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Copaiba oil can simply be applied to the skin and rubbed in. It is said to be especially good for dry and sensitive skin. (Image source: Chelsea Shapouri / unsplash)

Copaiba products can also speed up the healing of external wounds. For example, the area of a wound could be limited by treatment with Copaiba oil. The cannabinoid active ingredients in copaiba-containing products can then also influence wound healing. (6)

Internal application

When used internally, researchers discovered antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting and also liver-strengthening effects of Copaiba, among others.

Thus, the administration of Copaiba can help with various liver diseases (7) and Copaiba can also be used as an anti-inflammatory, for example in the case of joint inflammation. (8)

As such, Copaiba was already used by the indigenous people of Brazil. Copaiba is also effective against certain pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi or viruses. Accordingly, it can also be used in mouthwashes. (9)

When and for whom is the use of Copaiba products useful?

Basically, we could not find any explicit statement in our research on whether the use of Copaiba products is excluded in combination with other things. In the section above you can read about the different ways of using products containing Copaiba.

We would always advise you to consult a doctor before using Copaiba as an alternative medicine. This is the only way to ensure the best possible treatment for your condition and to avoid an allergic reaction to Copaiba in the first place.

What side effects can Copaiba products cause?

In this section we would like to tell you about the possible side effects of using Copaiba. In order to better assess the side effects of Copaiba products, a distinction must be made between pure and essential products.

The more naturally pure the product, the fewer potential side effects there are.

Studies have shown that pure Copaiba products have no side effects. They can be used both internally and externally.

In contrast, you should make sure that you only use essential products externally. If used internally, they can cause health problems, as they are not a purely natural product. (10)

What types of Copaiba products are there?

Copaiba products can basically be divided into three types:

  • Pure oil
  • Essential oil
  • Balm

In the following, we would like to give you a more detailed description of the individual Copaiba oils. We have also listed the different advantages and disadvantages. The basic form is usually the balsam made from the resin of the tree. It is then often processed into oil. Most brands do not usually sell the balsam in its raw form.

Pure oil

Pure oil is natural. This means you can use it for both external and internal treatment. When dissolved in a liquid (such as water), you can take the oil to limit inflammation or strengthen the immune system. For external use, it is applied to the skin. This can, for example, speed up the healing of wounds and prevent infection with bacteria.

Advantages
  • The oil is mostly natural and little treated
  • It is suitable for internal and external use

Disadvantages
  • Less essential parts
  • Certain lack of clarity about interactions with medicines

Among other things, however, the pure oil may contain fewer essential parts and ingredients such as β-caryophyllene than the essential oil variant.

Essential oil

In contrast to the pure oil, the essential form is usually further treated and, for example, heated during processing. It is used for external application and is particularly beneficial for dry skin and wound formation. It is said to have an accelerating healing and pain-relieving effect.

Advantages
  • More essential parts
  • More exact knowledge about molecular composition

Disadvantages
  • Thermally treated and usually less natural
  • May cause allergic reactions
  • Must not be taken

If taken internally, Copaiba essential oil can cause health problems. Therefore, you should only use it on your skin.

What alternatives are there to Copaiba products?

Besides Copaiba, there are other alternatives that are supposed to achieve almost the same effects. CBD oil, for example, is said to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects, and apricot kernel oil is said to have an effect on the immune system.

Alternative product Short description
CBD oil This cannabinoid oil is said to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, just like Copaiba oil. Researchers also found a signalling effect on the immune system. (11)
Apricot kernel oil The oil from the kernels of apricots, on the other hand, can have a very healthy effect on the skin. Especially for dry and sensitive skin, it is said to help regenerate cracks and wounds. (12)

As with Copaiba products, the state of scientific research on alternative products is not yet fully developed in some cases. Thus, further studies and research need to be conducted in order to be able to explain more precisely the effects of these oils on the human body.

Before you use this type of alternative pharmaceutical remedy, you can get additional information about the exact effects, for example, at your local pharmacy.

Can Copaiba also be used on animals?

Nowadays we know all about the antiparasitic effects of Copaiba oil. Copaiba is an important ingredient in veterinary medicine and veterinary medicine. There it is mainly used as a deworming cure and other antiparasitic agent. (13)

n veterinary medicine, the active ingredients of the Copaifera plant have long been used as an antiparasitic agent. For quadrupeds, it is usually administered as a tablet or capsule. (Image source: Joe Caione / unsplash)

It is mainly used for small animals such as dogs or cats and hoofed animals such as horses. Copaiba is also found in various types of products for animals. Among the most common are:

  • Tablets and capsules: These are mainly used as a deworming treatment and given to the animals together with some food. You should make sure that the animal really swallows the medication.
  • Liquid form: For example, animals are also given oil containing copaiba mixed with their normal food. It can help with inflammations, among other things.

You should always talk to a veterinarian or animal health practitioner before giving your pet any form of medicine or alternative remedy.

How are Copaiba products derived from the Copaifera tree?

Most Copaifera species are found in South America, especially in the Amazon rainforest. There, the indigenous people already used the resin from the tree trunks as a medicine.

In the 18th century, Europeans also discovered this plant genus and its benefits. Carl von Linné, for example, was the first to publish the names of the individual Copaifera species, which are still current today.

Most Copaiba products are obtained in the Amazon region of Brazil.

Nowadays, the balsam is extracted from the resin of the trees. For this purpose, it is either dried or treated with steam. In most cases, this is then processed into oil.

The oil can then be differentiated into pure or essential oil. The essential oil is mainly characterised by the fact that it is heated during production. This step is not carried out with pure Copaiba oil.

Image source: Popov / 123rf

References (13)

1. Guimarães-Santos A, Santos DS, Santos IR, et al. Copaiba oil-resin treatment is neuroprotective and reduces neutrophil recruitment and microglia activation after motor cortex excitotoxic injury. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012.
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2. Dias DS, Fontes LB, Crotti AE, et al. Copaiba oil suppresses inflammatory cytokines in splenocytes of C57Bl/6 mice induced with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Molecules. 2014.
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3. Medeiros, Daniel L., Thiago Emanuel Véras Lemos, Francimar K. S. Araujo, Tarciso B. Sampaio Montenegro, Luiz H. Fagundes Junior and Paula Rubya Souza Câmara. Study of copaiba oil on behavioral testing in rodent models by inducing neuropathic and inflammatory pain. Journal of Experimental and Integrative Medicine 4, 2014.
Source

4. Winkelman WJ. Aromatherapy, botanicals, and essential oils in acne. Clin Dermatol. 2018.
Source

5. da Silva AG, Puziol Pde F, Leitao RN, et al. Application of the essential oil from copaiba (Copaifera langsdori Desf.) for acne vulgaris: a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Altern Med Rev. 2012.
Source

6. Alvarenga MOP, Bittencourt LO, Mendes PFS, et al. Safety and Effectiveness of Copaiba Oleoresin (C. reticulata Ducke) on Inflammation and Tissue Repair of Oral Wounds in Rats, 2020.
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7. Brito MV, Costa FD, Vasconcelos DM, et al. Attenuation of copaiba oil in hepatic damage in rats. Acta Cir Bras. 2014.
Source

8. Dias DS, Fontes LB, Crotti AE, et al. Copaiba oil suppresses inflammatory cytokines in splenocytes of C57Bl/6 mice induced with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Molecules. 2014.
Source

9. Diefenbach AL, Muniz FWMG, Oballe HJR, Rösing CK. Antimicrobial activity of copaiba oil (Copaifera ssp.) on oral pathogens: Systematic review. Phytother Res. 2018.
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10. Almeida MR, Darin JD, Hernandes LC, de Souza Ramos MF, Antunes LM, de Freitas O. Genotoxicity assessment of Copaiba oil and its fractions in Swiss mice. Genet Mol Biol. 2012.
Source

11. Nichols JM, Kaplan BLF. Immune Responses Regulated by Cannabidiol. Cannabis Cannabinoid Res. 2020.
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12. Gupta, A. & Sharma, P.C. & Thilakaratne, B.M.K.s & Verma, A.K. Studies on physico-chemical characteristics and fatty acid composition of wild apricot (Prunus armeniaca Linn.) kernel oil. Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources, 2012.
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13. Erika Izumi, Tânia Ueda-Nakamura, Valdir F. Veiga, Angelo C. Pinto, and Celso Vataru Nakamura. Terpenes from Copaifera Demonstrated in Vitro Antiparasitic and Synergic Activity. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2012.
Source

Why you can trust me?

Copaiba oil-resin treatment is neuroprotective and reduces neutrophil recruitment and microglia activation after motor cortex excitotoxic injury
Guimarães-Santos A, Santos DS, Santos IR, et al. Copaiba oil-resin treatment is neuroprotective and reduces neutrophil recruitment and microglia activation after motor cortex excitotoxic injury. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012.
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Copaiba oil suppresses inflammatory cytokines in splenocytes of C57Bl/6 mice induced with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)
Dias DS, Fontes LB, Crotti AE, et al. Copaiba oil suppresses inflammatory cytokines in splenocytes of C57Bl/6 mice induced with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Molecules. 2014.
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Study of copaiba oil on behavioral testing in rodent models by inducing neuropathic and inflammatory pain
Medeiros, Daniel L., Thiago Emanuel Véras Lemos, Francimar K. S. Araujo, Tarciso B. Sampaio Montenegro, Luiz H. Fagundes Junior and Paula Rubya Souza Câmara. Study of copaiba oil on behavioral testing in rodent models by inducing neuropathic and inflammatory pain. Journal of Experimental and Integrative Medicine 4, 2014.
Go to source
Aromatherapy, botanicals, and essential oils in acne
Winkelman WJ. Aromatherapy, botanicals, and essential oils in acne. Clin Dermatol. 2018.
Go to source
Application of the essential oil from copaiba (Copaifera langsdori Desf.) for acne vulgaris
da Silva AG, Puziol Pde F, Leitao RN, et al. Application of the essential oil from copaiba (Copaifera langsdori Desf.) for acne vulgaris: a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Altern Med Rev. 2012.
Go to source
Safety and Effectiveness of Copaiba Oleoresin (C. reticulata Ducke) on Inflammation and Tissue Repair of Oral Wounds in Rats
Alvarenga MOP, Bittencourt LO, Mendes PFS, et al. Safety and Effectiveness of Copaiba Oleoresin (C. reticulata Ducke) on Inflammation and Tissue Repair of Oral Wounds in Rats, 2020.
Go to source
Attenuation of copaiba oil in hepatic damage in rats
Brito MV, Costa FD, Vasconcelos DM, et al. Attenuation of copaiba oil in hepatic damage in rats. Acta Cir Bras. 2014.
Go to source
Copaiba oil suppresses inflammatory cytokines in splenocytes of C57Bl/6 mice induced with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)
Dias DS, Fontes LB, Crotti AE, et al. Copaiba oil suppresses inflammatory cytokines in splenocytes of C57Bl/6 mice induced with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Molecules. 2014.
Go to source
Antimicrobial activity of copaiba oil (Copaifera ssp.) on oral pathogens
Diefenbach AL, Muniz FWMG, Oballe HJR, Rösing CK. Antimicrobial activity of copaiba oil (Copaifera ssp.) on oral pathogens: Systematic review. Phytother Res. 2018.
Go to source
Genotoxicity assessment of Copaiba oil and its fractions in Swiss mice
Almeida MR, Darin JD, Hernandes LC, de Souza Ramos MF, Antunes LM, de Freitas O. Genotoxicity assessment of Copaiba oil and its fractions in Swiss mice. Genet Mol Biol. 2012.
Go to source
Immune Responses Regulated by Cannabidiol
Nichols JM, Kaplan BLF. Immune Responses Regulated by Cannabidiol. Cannabis Cannabinoid Res. 2020.
Go to source
Studies on physico-chemical characteristics and fatty acid composition of wild apricot (Prunus armeniaca Linn.) kernel oil
Gupta, A. & Sharma, P.C. & Thilakaratne, B.M.K.s & Verma, A.K. Studies on physico-chemical characteristics and fatty acid composition of wild apricot (Prunus armeniaca Linn.) kernel oil. Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources, 2012.
Go to source
Terpenes from Copaifera Demonstrated in Vitro Antiparasitic and Synergic Activity
Erika Izumi, Tânia Ueda-Nakamura, Valdir F. Veiga, Angelo C. Pinto, and Celso Vataru Nakamura. Terpenes from Copaifera Demonstrated in Vitro Antiparasitic and Synergic Activity. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2012.
Go to source
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