Where does Copaiba essential oil come from?
In September 2017, doTERRA announced the launch of a new essential oil — Copaiba, an oil from copaiba trees in the Amazon rainforest. The tree, copaifera officinalis, is native to Central and South America and grows about 30 to 40 meters high. To meet the harvesters and learn more about the process of doTERRA Copaiba oil creation, Emily Wright and Dr. Hill traveled to Brazil.
Some of the harvesters are second and third generation, and are deeply proud of their work. The resin is mostly harvested between January and June, when the water is highest. The harvesters then go to mature trees they have found in the forest to tap the oleoresin, not unlike the way maple sap is harvested. The harvester drills into the trunk in one spot; the first time only a small amount of resin will be collected. The hole is then sealed off with woods. Six months later, about one liter of resin will be produced from the tree, which contains about 50 percent Copaiba oil.
doTERRA Copaiba oil is quickly becoming a fast favourite on par with Frankincense because of its many uses. Much of this comes down to the chemistry behind Copaiba essential oil contains a high level of beta-caryophyllene—the highest levels known to the essential oil world to date. This is significant because, according to European scientists, beta-caryophyllene has cannabinoid-like properties. Like many other cannabinoids and terpenes, beta-caryophyllene targets the body’s CB2 receptors. But, it altogether ignores the CB1 receptors that are involved in creating the high associated with cannabis and the THC cannabinoid. Put more plainly, the benefits of Copaiba essential oil have the potential to profoundly impact the endocannabinoid system and support healthy cell growth.
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