Copaiba Essential Oil

Copaiba Essential Oil is my favorite oil. I use it every single day. I take it in a softgel and I take as needed under my tongue as needed throughout the day. It’s become my go-to oil for anything and everything for me AND for my kids! (It’s even featured in the kid blend called Rescuer).

When I talk about essential oils on my blog, I only recommend Certified Pure Tested Grade Essential Oils. Frankly, there’s hardly any regulations for essential oil purity in the market. It’s all too common for cornmints to be labeled peppermint. And for companies to add synthetic smells and call them natural. I only recommend doTERRA’s CPTG standard. This company goes above and beyond even the organic standard. They care about sustainable resourcing, fair wages, communities, and of course (first and foremost) the purity and quality of the essential oils it produces.

Three Main Cannabinoids


a cannabinoid from the cannibis plant

  • Remember how I talked about there being very little regulation of purity on the essential oil market above? Well, the same thing happens in the world of cannabinoid. Even if you do get CBD, there’s not many good sources available. There are very small amounts (fraction of a percent) of actual CBD in the oils currently on the market. You have to do a lot of due diligence to secure a good CBD.
  • CBD does not act directly on the CB receptors – so even if you did get a good CBD oil, it’s not working directly with the receptors. We WANT the oil to work directly with the CB2 receptors to get the positive result we are looking for.

TetraHydroCannabinol (THC)

  • This acts directly on the CB1 receptor. This is NOT a response we want. This is how we get hallucinations. DoTERRA will NEVER harvest an oil for this type of response.

Beta CaryoPhyllene

  • Technically, this is a natural sesquiterpene. But it interacts with the endocannibinoid system. You’ll see a lot of confusion out there with these two words.
  • No CB1 receptors – This is FANTASTIC. We do not want the side effects associated with the CB1 receptor.
  • Same positive benefits as the other cannabinoids!
  • CB2 direct interaction: direct interaction = better interaction
  • Present in therapeutic amounts – just because an oil has a chemical constituent doesn’t mean that its level of presence is high enough to actually make a noticeable difference in the body. We want real, pure, and concentrated oils.
  • Oils w/ BCP: Black Pepper, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, Clove, Helichrysum, Juniper Berry, Oregano, and COPAIBA

Beta CaryoPhyllene (BCP)

Beta CaryoPhyllene is well-researched and we know of many benefits that it provides. BCP supports the immune system and also has tension reliving functions. You can find the research HERE on pubmed and HERE on PubChem. The research actually shows that BCP supports tension relief!

Do you take a lot of acetaminophen or have you in the past? That stuff is pretty hard on the liver. Well there’s another study that shows using BCP actually helps protect the liver.

This just barely scratches the surface when it comes to the scientific research behind these chemicals. Just spend a little time on sites like Pubmed and PubChem and you’ll find an abundance of research.

Unashamedly, I’m addicted to Pubmed. Oils are not magic (although they sometimes feel that way), they are the gift of the Earth and they do BIG things. And the research backs it up.

Unique blend of 4 different species – Copaifera reticulata, officinalis, coriacea, and langsdorffii

  • DoTERRA has chosen to create a unique blend of 4 different species of Copaiba – blending these species will increase potency and the effects of potency.
  • All of the responses work through the CB 2 receptor!

Copaiba Essential Oil Physical Uses

  • Apply topically for healthy-looking skin (1)
  • Take a drop or two in a veggie cap for cellular support
  • Use internally or topically for cardiovascular health
  • Diffuse (use aromatically) to calm and soothe emotions
  • Use internally, topically, or aromatically for immune support (2)
  • Apply topically with some coconut oil for a healthy immuno-support
  • Use topically for a reduction of neuronal excitation (3)
  • Use in a veggie cap as a powerful antioxidant
  • Use topically or in a veggie cap for digestive support

Copaiba Essential Oil Emotional Uses

  • Use when you feel guilty, regretful, shameful, rebellious, or unworthy.
  • Use to bring forth suppressed emotions.
  • Diffuse to promote feelings of clarity, forgiveness, worthiness, and new beginnings

14 Responses

  1. You write about certified purity but there is no official certifying organization so please explain how this can be? Or is this purely a Doterra sales line? Also, with regards to CBD oils–one VERY trusted manufacture is Charlotte’s Web. The Stanley Brothers have done extensive hemp research and have worked to promote the benefits of CBD and seizures.

    1. If you go back and re-read my second paragraph you’ll see that I recognize that there is no over-arching standard for the essential oil industry. We as consumers have to do research and choose the company that we believe provides the safest and purest standards and a company that provides a sustainable and responsibly sourced product. I have chosen doTERRA because I believe they have the highest standards in regards to all the things I mentioned. It’s not a “sales line” – it’s an acknowledgement to the lack of regulation and a responsible and honest company creating a high standard anyways.

      That’s great that you’ve found a CBD oil for yourself. I only suggest that the CBD industry was similar to the essential oil industry in this way. There’s not much regulation and that means that YOU the consumer have to do research to make sure you are getting the purest and safest product and that the product is responsibly sourced.

      This post shows Copaiba as an interesting option for those that have considered CBD or want something alongside CBD.

      1. I would like to add that knowing doTerra follows the European standards for its products gives me assurance. The US simply does not have a good set of standards for anything we produce, be it medicines, cosmetics, or foods. It’s sad, but true. Our FDA simply needs to step it up and stop catering to the money grubbing. They allow very unsafe practices which is eventually causing more medical issues, which in turn forces us to need more medical trips and drugs prescribed by doctors who work hand in hand with the pharmaceutical companies. You take the drug, but it offers a longer list of possible side effects than it ever offers for the cure or treatment. I love my doTerra oils and will continue to use. Fortunately, my chemotherapist believes in holistic healing alongside the conventional cancer treatments. Unfortunately, the US doesn’t allow her to treat with essential oils, but she can ok them as a part of my personal regemin as long as I ask for them. Now that she knows that I’m a health nut, she shares notes in our private sessions. It’s been wonderful! I was stage 3, level 2. I have two more treatments left! 🙂

    1. Hey Henny! I like to use Copaiba (especially with Frankincense) topically for joint and muscle support 🙂

  2. I put some peppermint or wntergreen in as well, for a cooling anti-inflammatory. Sometime I also add lavender to relax the mind and body. EO’s are so over the moon AWESOME!!!

  3. Doterra doesn’t recommend taking copaiba internally, do you have sources to back up your recommendation?

    1. Hey Anita!

      Thanks for commenting! DoTERRA actually does list Copaiba as an essential oil that can be used topically, aromatically, AND Internally. They list it as such on Are you by chance not in the United States? I’m in the US and they definitely recommend internal usage. But I know that in some places they aren’t allowed to say that oils can be used internally. That could explain the difference in usage recommomendations!

  4. Hello – how does this help with Parkinson’s? What could you recommend to ease tremors and nerve dysfunction? Thanks

    1. Taken internally, Copaiba essential oil supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems. Although Copaiba does not contain psychoactive cannabinoids, the main component caryophyllene may be neuroprotective and have cardiovascular and immune benefits. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that promotes immune health. I would apply topically with some coconut oil and I’d take a drop or two under my tongue daily.

  5. Hi Kaitlyn,

    Thanks for the article. You mentioned gel capsule. Can I take it directly without the capsule? Also can I use this to relief my tennis elbow.

    Thank you in advance.


    1. Hey Neyda,

      Yes you can take Copaiba without a softgel/veggie capsule. I take Copaiba directly under my tongue daily!

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