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Copaiba: One of the Most Anti-Inflammatory Substances on Earth

Copaiba has been getting the world’s attention,
thanks to its multiple therapeutic properties. Also known as the oil of life, it is extracted
from Copaifera officinalis, common in Brazil. It is frequently used to soothe inflammations,
skin problems, open cuts and wounds, thanks to its anti-inflammatory, healing, and antiseptic
properties. Some records suggest that at the end of 1560,
the Jesuit priest José de Anchieta, in a letter to the general priest, comments on
the healing effects of Copaiba oil. In 1625, the Copaiba resin was registered
for the first time in European medicine, by the Jesuits, being called the “balsam of Jesuits”. In Europe, it was used to treat chronic cystitis,
bronchitis, chronic diarrhea, and also as a preparation for hemorrhoids. In the U.S., Copaiba was an official medicine
in the Pharmacopeia, from 1820 to 1910. The outstanding ethnobotanic and author, Mark
Plotkin, reports that Copaiba oil has been used in the U.S. as a disinfectant, diuretic,
laxative, and stimulant besides its use in cosmetics and soaps. For being a powerful anti-inflammatory and
natural antibiotic, copaiba oil is recommended for muscle pains, activating the circulation,
detoxifying the body, antiseptic, expectorant, laxative, etc. Besides that, it is also highly recommended
for hair and skin treatments. Copaiba oil is good for: Skin issues, like rashes, dermatitis, tinea
versicolor, and eczema; Dandruff;
Micosis; Stomach ulcers;
Constipation; Respiratory issues, like coughing, excessive
secretion, and bronchitis; Colds and flu;
Urinary tract infections; Hemorrhoids;
Inflammatory joint diseases, like arthritis. Copaiba can also be used to fight sexually
transmitted infections, such as syphilis and gonorrhea. Isn’t it amazing? Is this video being helpful? Then, give it a thumbs up and share it with
your friends. The best way to get all these benefits is
using the copaiba essential oil, which can be found in natural product stores and in
pharmacies. To use it directly on skin, just apply a small
portion of the oil on the desired area and gently massage it until your skin completely
absorbs the oil. Repeat it at least 3 times a day to see the
results. To treat join pains, warm up a small amount
of the oil and apply on the affected area 2 times a day. In case of respiratory or urinary diseases,
it is recommended taking copaiba capsules, with a maximum daily dose of 250 gr. (8.8
oz.) a day. This oil must be used, preferably, following
the orientations of a doctor or phytotherapist since it may cause some side-effects, such
as vomiting, nausea, sickness, and diarrhea. Copaiba oil is contraindicated for pregnant
or nursing women, and for patients with gastric sensibilities or issues. Besides that, some studies suggest that copaiba
oil has properties that have been shown to be effective in the treatment of different
types of cancer and also tuberculosis. Interesting, isn’t it? Did you know the benefits of copaiba oil?

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