Calming Copaiba

Introducing Copaiba 

This powerful essential oil has been used since the 16th century in traditional medicines and holistic health remedies to provide relief for symptoms ranging from respiratory issues, inflammation, bacterial infection, and to support general health and wellbeing. Being packed with nourishing vitamins and minerals, Copaiba is also widely used in the cosmetics industry for soaps, shampoos, and skincare. You’ll often see it listed as an essential element on skincare products for its effectiveness in reducing the signs of blemishes and redness. 

You’ll find the Copaiba tree in the tropical regions of South America and partnering with dōTERRA’s co-impact sourcing guidelines we help others whilst helping ourselves to be able to have access to this amazing essential oil. Check out Dr. Hill and Emily Wright’s visit to see copaiba sourcing in Brazil here.

The naturally produced oleoresin (sap) of the tree is extracted using a tapping method and then steam distilled to produce the essential oil we use today. Combined with its beautiful aroma, this essential oil is an all-rounder that can be diffused or taken as a soft-gel to benefit from its natural properties. 

Along with its medicinal and cosmetic uses, Copaiba is also known for its soothing and calming effect when used in aromatherapy. As we all know, the stress and anxiousness that comes with feeling unwell can contribute to and emphasise the symptoms we experience. So, knowing I can add a few drops to the diffuser in our home really helps when one of us is feeling under the weather. 

One of my boys has been really struggling with the arrival of spring. Pollen is everywhere and he has been a little short of breath and super snotty. No, not everything is COVID!  Other respiratory issues still exist and knowing we have natural remedies that have been used for centuries, reassures and empowers me when making treatment decisions for my family. 

Rather than reaching for the pharmaceuticals at the first sign of a sniffle, here is one of my go-to remedies to support respiratory symptoms in our home:

Seasonal Airway Support: Apply morning and at night before bed

3 Tbsp FCO (Fractionated Coconut Oil)
10 drops Copaiba
10 drops Easy Air
10 drops Myrrh
10 drops On Guard
Mix in a small egg cup or glass bowl and apply it to the chest and upper back over the rib area.

Low sugar, read food labels, nothing over 5g/100g in a serving. 
Low grain (rice, breads, cereals)

Taking 2 GX assist soft gels 3 times a day (e.g. with breakfast, after school with afternoon tea, with dinner). 
Taking 2 vitamin D capsules and vitamin C with extra zinc. Saline nasal spray to help rinse out particulates after being outdoors.

This is how we are supporting our son and this treatment should be taken as a suggestion and not as medical advice. We always book in and see our GP if symptoms persist or aren't shifting. 

We find the essential oils support us best when we use small amounts consistently. I always carry on using the same oils for a couple of days after symptoms have gone. It can take our bodies a few days to completely recover and I continue to support our immune systems beyond any obvious symptoms, to be sure it doesn’t come back.

Toxicity, high sugar, grain-based diets, and unwelcome microbes have a lot to answer for!

These elements of our daily diets leave our systems clogged and unable to work effectively. We need to hose off and break down debris, just like washing mud off a car before we can clean it. Citrus essential oils have powerful abilities in this part of the cleaning process and are able to cut through the junk, allowing our bodies to enable the full potential of essential oils like Copaiba to then go to work. In this case with amazing support for our immune system.

Isn’t it brilliant, the way natural therapies like essential oils work collectively! We are able to blend them and use them simultaneously to benefit from their individual and combined properties in so many ways. 

If you'd like to read more about Copaiba and Yellow Mandarin, you can find the product information pages here.

I hope you find this blog useful, and if you’d like to speak with me about health issues in your home and the natural therapies that could benefit you and your family, I’d love to chat with you. You can book a call with me here.

Joanna x

Comments (2)


Michelle J

05 10 2020 07:38 PM AWST

Hi Joanna. I’m curious why are grains so bad?


Joanna Rusiling

26 10 2020 02:34 AM AWST

Hi Michelle, Due to changes in agricultural practises, many grains and products containing them, contain pesticides and other chemicals like glyphosate which has been classified as probably carcinogenic in humans according to the IARC - International Agency for Research on Cancer. Glyphosate kills insects by damaging their gut lining and it may be why a larger proportion of the population are eating gluten-free or achieving wellness by eating a lot less grain based foods in a low-carb or Keto diet. When I demonstrated Wholefood cooking so many people I met, could eat organic, ancient wheat containing breads in Italy with no problem, but would bloat terribly when home in Australia. The type of grain (newer hybridised Frankenstein GMO species), soil, farming methods, chemicals used in storage, etc all effect the nutrition we receive. We have also changed how we prepare grain for consumption. Bread should be leavened overnight, so fermented with wild yeasts (not just one strain) that break down the gluten, a very large, glue like protein that is difficult for humans to digest. Cereal grains and seeds also contain plant compounds, Phytates, that form insoluble complexes with calcium, zinc, iron and other nutrients and interfere with their absorption by the body. So grains and seeds should be soaked and sprouted before being eaten to reduce the impact of phytic acids. Many manufacturers use refined grains, where the nutritious outer layers, bran and cereal germ layers, have been removed rendering the foods less nutritious. The germ layer contains valuable nutrients, vitamin E, folate, phosphorus, thiamin, zinc, magnesium, as well essential fatty acids (EFA's) and fatty alcohols. They remove it because the EFA's oxidise and become rancid on storage which reduces the self life of flour. So this is why artificial thiamin has to be added to flours to prevent humans becoming vitamin B1 deficient. So if you have no illness and want to reduce the chances of digestive issues choose organic, fermented, sprouted whole foods containing grain. Leavened sourdough is making a come back, even in mainstream supermarkets. Hope this is helpful. Love & light, Joanna xx

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