Copaiba Essential Oil Uses & Benefits

Copaiba essential oil.  Funny name, yes – coh-pah-EE-bah – but wait until you hear about the amazing benefits of this new addition to doTERRA’s repertoire!

The development of Copaiba for dōTERRA is rich with interesting information, including why we source four different species of Copaifera, how it is related to cannabis (yup, as in marijuana), and why scientists are so excited about the high beta-caryophellene content.  But what has me jumping from the rooftops is the amazing potential that this EO has for those suffering from chronic pain or those needing a method for whole-body support.  So, excuse me if I get a bit long-winded…this EO has been a long-time coming and I am so excited to share these amazing benefits with my Tribe!


Since the 16th century, Copaiba has been used by native and traditional medical practitioners in its native Brazil and throughout South America, most notably in healing ceremonies, both physical and spiritual.  The towering trees can reach up to 100 feet tall, and harvesters look for those with thick trunk to create the perfect essential oil.  Its spicy-woody aroma comes from its source, the oleoresin of the Copaiba tree.  Tapped like extracting maple syrup, the trees drip out the oleoresin, which contains a blend of both the resin and the essential oils.  It is then steam distilled to extract the essential oil.  With over half of the planet’s remaining rainforest found in the Amazon, dōTERRA has worked tirelessly to find the right harvesters to partner with to create a co-impact partnership.


Instead of focusing on just one species of Copaifera, dōTERRA recognized the power behind a blend of several species to ensure the highest quality and potency.  Resin from Copaifera reticulate, officinalis, coriacea, and langsdorffii are meticulously harvested and combined to create a synergistic blend.  Not only does this increase the therapeutic power of the oil, but it also enables the different species to offer their best components to the blend for one power-packed essential oil with high levels of the primary constituent beta-caryophyllene.


No, not exactly.  Though you may have heard of Copaiba referred to as the “Marijuana Oil.”

If you will allow me to tap into my science nerd for a moment, I can break down the basics for you.

The main chemical component of Copaiba is the cannabinoid beta-caryophyllene, or BCP, though it does NOT affect the body like the psychoactive cannabinoids in marijuana.

We all have endocannabinoids in our bodies that communicate with receptors.  They balance a wide variety of tasks to keep our body balanced both internally and externally.  From immune and inflammatory response to memory recall and appetite, these endocannabinoid receptors are busy supporting the body to keep us in top condition.

In recent years, scientists have studied these cannabinoids for a way to harness their neuroprotective nature and sustaining benefits.

They have identified two subtypes – CB1 and CB2.

CB1 occurs in the nerve cells of the brain to influence memory and pain regulation, but, when triggered, does produce the psychoactive effects we commonly associate with a “marijuana high.”  This has led scientists to search for a solution that does not create the “high,” most often in a synthetic version.

And lurking in the Amazonian rainforests was Copaiba rich with beta-caryophyllene.

CB2 receptors work within the immune system where they affect white blood cells to support healthy immune function while soothing and relaxing the body to reduce inflammation.

BUT…and it’s a huge one…when triggered, they do NOT have the same psychoactive effects on the body.

The primary constituent of Copaiba – beta-caryophyllene – can bind to the CB2 receptors, thereby supporting a healthy nervous system as well as supporting immune function.  While it offers similar support as its essential oil counterparts – Black Pepper, Clove, Melissa, and Rosemary – its ability to bind to the CB2 receptors allows the body to find relaxation and soothing without the psychoactive side effects.

And dōTERRA Copaiba EO boast over 60% of beta-caryophellene!



Based on this research concerning the CB2 receptors, scientists have found Copaiba to be an amazing alternative to synthetic versions of pain relievers, especially for those suffering from chronic conditions. Some even say that it may top Helichrysum in its ability to naturally relieve the body and reduce inflammation of many different kinds.

Combining it with Clove and a carrier oil creates an amazingly powerful topical spot treatment or massage blend for those suffering from chronic pain.

One of my favorite uses for Copaiba is head and neck tension relief.  Combining it with gems like Peppermint, Lavender, Marjoram, and Frankincense creates an amazing blend that rivals any OTC or prescription drug on the market.  Try this recipe if you deal with tension on a regular basis:


10 drops Peppermint essential oil
8 drops Lavender essential oil
4 drops Marjoram essential oil
3 drops Frankincense essential oil
3 drops Copaiba essential oil
Carrier oil (I recommend fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil)

Add all ingredients to a 10 mL glass rollerball bottle and top off with your preferred carrier oil.  Simply rub on the temples or the back of the next.

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Copaiba truly is an astounding essential oil, as it supports many bodily systems simultaneously.  Be sure to read through this laundry list of amazing support provided by this new essential oil.  No wonder it can be found in almost every South American market!

Internal Usage:

Recommended for internal usage as a supplement to support cells and supply the body with antioxidants, Copaiba can be taken in a veggie cap, added to water, juice, or tea (1 drop for every 4 oz. of liquid), or added to raw honey.

It supports the cardiovascular system, provides digestive relief, and promotes immune health with powerful antioxidants.

It can also protect the liver, reducing damage done to tissues caused by long-term usage of OTC pain relievers.  A diuretic in nature, Copaiba can also help with detoxing your liver and stimulating urine production. Some have found success for incontinence and bedwetting as well.

Calming and soothing the nervous system can also be attributed to Copaiba, as it has been used in traditional healing and Amazonian medicine for centuries.

Topical Usage:

Applying topically, especially with massage techniques, works well when Copaiba is diluted with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil.

Recent studies have identified beta-caryophyllene as a powerful anti-inflammatory with the ability to reduce pain. I recommend applying topically wherever your needs may be, whether joints, muscles, headaches, migraines, or other areas.

It is also especially helpful for those with respiratory issues, where inflammation can cause serious issues.


Interestingly, recent studies have found Copaiba to be combative against threats inside your mouth. Fighting against tooth decay, it has the ability to fight against bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans, and can be used as a sealer for root canals. For those who suffer from Candida issues, Copaiba fights against thrush when used as a diluted mouth rinse.


Because of its ability to support a variety of bodily systems, Copaiba becomes an ideal choice when looking to unwind your emotions and release that pent-up anxiety. Diffuse it in the morning to ground yourself for the day ahead, or take a relaxing Epsom salt bath with 2-3 drops added in for a total-body soothe. Try out this diffuser blend the next time you need to release worry and find your life:


3 drops Copaiba essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Frankincense essential oil


Copaiba has found a home in the cosmetics industry, where it appears in everything from soaps and lotions to makeup and perfumes. Studies have shown it to be effective at treating and reducing surface acne. Its astringent nature gives it the ability to tighten and tone skin, strengthening the skin while reducing the appearances of scars and blemishes. I’m so excited to see the potential of this essential oil in my DIY skincare creations!


For those interested in creating their own personal fragrance profile, Copaiba provides the properties of a magnifier, meaning that it enhances the aroma of other essential oils. It particularly blends well with Cedarwood, citrus oils, Frankincense, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang.

Try adding a few drops of your favorites to a glass rollerball bottle and topping off with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil. Dab behind your ears and on pulse points for lasting support, emotional health, and a fragrance that won’t give out before the day is done.

Copaiba Essential Oil FAQ:

How do I use Copaiba essential oil?

Copaiba is a great oil to use topically or internally to strategically support your body. It supports your liver, cardiovascular system, and calms your nervous system to ease anxious thoughts. It can also soothe muscle tension, clear skin blemishes, support faster improvement of bruises or scrapes, and promote a healthy mouth. 

Can I use copaiba for pain?

Try it and see if it works for you! Research and personal experience all indicate that Copaiba is a great choice to bring relief from acute and chronic pain.

What are the best ways to use Copaiba essential oil?

  • Topically: apply to sore muscles, bruises, teeth and gums, trouble skin, and more for relief.
  • Internally: support cardiovascular health, provides antioxidants, and calms nervous system.
  • Diffuse: relieve anxious thoughts and ground your emotions.

Interested in trying Copaiba out?

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4 Responses to Copaiba Essential Oil Uses & Benefits

  1. Ann-Marie February 9, 2020 at 9:44 pm #

    An informative article. Thank you.
    I cannot seem to find anywhere though, the amount of copaiba one should ingest in one day. I have the capsules but it says ‘1 as needed’ which doesn’t tell me how many would be the most for one day.

    I’d love to find an answer, if you would reply.

    • Dr. Mariza February 12, 2020 at 8:44 am #

      Hi Ann-Marie, you might need to ask your doctor about that, just to be sure 🙂

  2. Nisha Conhye June 3, 2020 at 2:52 pm #

    I want to try this oil pls

    • Dr. Mariza June 4, 2020 at 8:34 am #

      Hi Nisha! I am sure that you will love it! <3

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