Cobiaba is a tree found on the river banks of South American.  It has wonderful wound-healing properties and  powerful anti-inflammatory properties.. Copaiba owes its medicinal potential in large part thanks to a little-known substance called beta-caryophyllene. Interestingly, beta-caryophyllene is also in CBD oil.

This tincture is made by dissolving locally harvested (responsibly) resin and infusing in a solvent.  The extraction is  slowly evaporating (using no heat) and then blended in the distilled essential oil of Copiaba (Young Living).   Since there is no record of Copiaba in old herbals or Ayurveda, I have made the assumption its’ energetics would be similar to Cedar Oil that has also has similar medicinal effect and is also a tree resin.  It is pungent, bitter and astringent and can be used to pacify all Doshas especially pitta.

Vopaiba resin is used topically by indigenous tribes as a wound healer, to stop bleeding, for skin sores and psoriasis, and to treat gonorrhea. It is used for all types of pain, for skin disorders and insect bites, and to cool inflammation. In Brazilian herbal medicine systems the resin is used as a strong antiseptic and expectorant for the respiratory tract (including bronchitis and sinusitis), as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic for the urinary tract (for cystitis, bladder, and kidney infections), as a topical anti-inflammatory agent for all types of skin disorders, internally and externally for cancer, and as a popular remedy for stomach ulcers.

One of its more popular home-remedy uses in Brazil is as a gargle for sore throats and tonsilitis (15 drops of resin in warm water). In Peruvian traditional medicine, three or four drops of the resin are mixed with a spoonful of honey and taken as a natural sore throat remedy. It is also employed in Peruvian herbal medicine systems as an anti-inflammatory, and diuretic, and used for incontinence, urinary problems, stomach ulcers, syphilis, tetanus, bronchitis, catarrh, herpes, pleurisy, tuberculosis, hemorrhages, and leishmaniasis (applied as a plaster).

Copaiba resin was first recorded in European medicine in 1625 (brought back from the New World by the Jesuits and called Jesuit’s balsam) and has been used there since in the treatment of chronic cystitis, bronchitis, chronic diarrhea, and as a topical preparation for hemorrhoids.

The resin contains up to 15% volatile oil; the remaining materials are resins and acids. The active biological properties of copaiba resin are attributed to a group of phytochemicals called sesquiterpenes (over 50% of the resin may be sesquiterpenes), diterpenes, and terpenic acids.  Copaiba resin is the highest known natural source of caryophyllene, comprising up to 480,000 parts per million.

The gastroprotective effects of caryophyllene documented in 1996 also help justify another traditional use of copaiba oil-as a natural remedy for stomach ulcers. Copaiba’s traditional uses as an antiseptic for sore throat, upper respiratory and urinary tract infections can be explained partly by the resin’s antibacterial properties

Another recent area of research on copaiba resin has focused on its anticancerous and antitumor properties. Researchers in Tokyo isolated six chemicals (clerodane diterpenes) in the oleoresin of copaiba in 1994 and tested them against carcinomas in mice to determine their antitumor activity. One particular compound, called kolavenol, was twice as effective at increasing the lifespan in mice with carcinomas (by 98%) as the standard chemotherapy drug, 5-Fluorouacil (5-FU). The natural resin also increased lifespan by 82%-which was still higher than 5-FU (which increased lifespan by 46%). Interestingly, the in vivo tests provided better anti-tumor effects than in previous test-tube studies. The Spanish team of researchers that documented copaiba’s antimicrobial effects in 2002 also tested for in vitro antitumor effects. These scientists reported that another phytochemical in the resin, methlyl copalate, had in vitro activity against human lung carcinoma, human colon carcinoma, human melanoma, and mouse lymphoid neoplasm cell lines. Brazilian researchers reported in 2002 one of copaiba’s active chemicals, kaurenoic acid, also inhibited the growth of human leukemic cells by 95%, and human breast and colon cancer cells by 45% in vitro. Kaurenoic acid can comprise as much as 1.4% of the natural copaiba oleoresin.

Ingredients:  Copiaba Resin, 50% Alcohol, Distilled Water, Essential OIl of Copiaba.

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