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A Recap from the Copaiba Conference Call

Thank you, Debra, for sharing your notes from this very informative conference call!   ~ Melissa


July 7, 2009 with Marc Schreuder, Director of Product Formulation for Young Living Essential Oils

Last night’s conference call from Young Living about the newest essential oil Copaiba was very informative. I hope more you will set aside time to be on these calls and increase your learning of how to best use our essential oils. Below is a recap of my notes from the call. Check the Young Living Product Blog website to hear the call for yourself and read more about this amazing oil. Our family has already seen firsthand how powerful it can be. Order your bottle of copaiba this month and don’t forget about the FREE NingXia Red (2 bottles with 225pv purchase) promotion in the month of July.

From the heart of the Amazon jungles of Brazil, copaiba oleo resin is tapped directly from the tree. A hole is drilled into the trunk of the 50 to 80- feet tall tree and out will pour this liquid resin. The resin is then vacuum distilled, using no water, no heat, only vacuum pressure to separate off the precious essential aromatic oil. Brazilian tribal natives harvest and process the copaiba sold through Young Living.

Sold in Amazonian pharmacies and used for nearly 800 years in folk medicine, copaiba was also listed in the US Pharmacopeia from 1820 to 1910 for topical and oral uses and is still on the FDA GRAS list (Generally Regarded as Safe). Some of the historic uses are digestive complaints including stomach aches, stomach infections, gastritis, antiseptic, arthritis, cellular mutations, tumors, Fibromyalgia, and pain.

Copaiba is the highest in beta-caryophyllene which is an anti-inflammatory compound. A 1996 study showed beta-caryophyllene to be effective in treating stress induced ulcers. Beta-caryophyllene is also found in helichrysum at between 8 and 12%, while copaiba contains 50% beta-car. Clove oil contains 6-8% beta-caryophyllene in comparison.

Marc Schreuder said on the conference call – that copaiba was helicchrysum on steroids. He has been studying copaiba for eight years and says it is his number one favorite oil with frankincense coming in at number 2. He also says that combining copaiba and frankincense would give you the highest spiritual and emotional oil blend. Just like sandalwood is considered an excellent emotional supportive oil, copaiba is six times better and Marc calls copaiba sandalwood on steroids due to its high sesquiterpene content. He also likes copaiba mixed with a little peppermint for pain applied topically.

For oral consumption, traditional uses are as much as ½ teaspoon twice daily. Four to six drops per day in a capsule should show benefit. It is not really a diffusing oil and this aromatic treasure is currently found in Young Living’s Deep Relief and Breathe Again Roll-On’s.

Marc also pointed out that much of the copaiba oil marketed is adulterated with soy bean oil or kerosene to extend the yield. Young Living’s is not.

Debra Raybern, ND, MH, CNC, ICA
Sharing Great Health, Inc.
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Copaiba Essential Oil

Copaiba 1 by Young Living Essential OilsA few months ago, I had the opportunity to order Young Living’s newest essential oil: Copaiba.  The aroma reminds me of a very light sandalwood – not overpowering, just quietly doing its job.  More than that, I am impressed with how my tight neck muscles relaxed within minutes of applying a few drops to my neck and shoulders.  It was likely the  action of one of its primary chemical constituents, beta caryophyllene.  Beta caryophyllene is a well known plant chemical which has been documented in laboratory studies with anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.* 
Copaiba Product Summary
Copaiba essential oil is extracted from the oleoresin of several different species of Copaifera, including multijuga, langsdorffii, and reticulata. Traditionally used in Native American recipes, today copaiba is featured in European and North American pharmacopeias. This powerful essential oil has traditionally been used to help digestion and support the body’s natural response to injury or irritation.*
Product Story
Copaiba is the only essential oil extracted through tapping, similar to how rubber and maple are obtained. Once tapped, the copaiba resin is distilled to produce a clear essential oil that has a rich, uplifting, woody smell. Only copaiba essential oil found near the Amazon rain forest basin contains the optimal natural compounds needed for a Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oil. Gas Chromatograph and Mass Spectrometer testing shows copaiba contains high levels of beta caryophyllene, gamma elemene, and alpha humalene, used in the past to aid the natural processes of redness and irritation of body tissue.*

Copaiba 1 by Young Living Essential OilsPrimary Benefits
  • Traditionally used to aid common digestive discomforts when taken internally.*
  • Used historically to help the body regulate its natural immune responses.*

How To Use

Dietary Supplement: Put 2 drops in a capsule. Take three times daily or as needed.
Topical: Apply 2-4 drops directly to desired area. Dilution not required, except for the most sensitive skin. Use as needed.
Aromatic: Diffuse up to one hour three times daily
Did You Know?
  • Virtually all companies who offer copaiba or copal sell only the tree resin, not the distilled essential oil.
  • Copaiba resin (what is tapped from the copaiba tree) has been used for hundreds of years as an incense in some Central and South American cultures.
  • Copaiba oleoresin and essential oil was first recorded in European medicine journals in 1625.
  • Copaiba essential oil contains the highest amounts of beta caryophyllene (55 percent) of any known essential oil.

Caution: If you are nursing, pregnant, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a physician before using.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is copaiba found in any Young Living blends?
A. Copaiba is a key ingredient in the Deep Relief™ and Breathe Again™ Essential Oil Roll-Ons.
Q. How did Young Living decide on the copaiba from the savanna portion of the Amazon rain forest?
A. Young Living sourcing specialists have traveled the world sampling different copaiba essential oil samples. Each batch was put through state-of-the-art Gas Chromatrograph and Mass Spectrometer tests. Gary Young selected species of Copaifera from South America to maximize levels of beta caryophyllene, the key active ingredient in the essential oil.

* This statement has 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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