2010 will be a decade milestone for me as a Young Living independent distributor. Ten years! I am more excited and passionate about Young Living and aromatherapy than when I began my journey. The more I learn about essential oils it seems the horizons open and there is yet more undiscovered territory to explore. When I was a kid, I told my parents that I wanted to be either a heart surgeon, an astronaut, or an archaeologist. My Young Living business has helped me tap into the core characteristics of those careers--the desire to help others heal, being part of a great adventure, and uncovering ancient secrets from the past. No amount of money could replace this smell of success in my life!
The Young Living Essential Oils company has farms in operation around the world including Utah, Idaho, France, and now Ecuador. Gary Young and his family live and work on Finca Botanica in Ecuador, their most recent addition to the Young Living Farms. It was no small feat to carve this farm out the rough rain forest terrain and create a lake reservoir, build a home, distillery, and irrigation system for the fields. Even a charming tropical tree house was designed for guests to enjoy!
Following his vision to distill and research new essential oils, Gary Young began learning about plants from the rain forest which were traditionally used as medicine by the native people of Ecuador. One of these exciting discoveries is Copaiba which I am spotlighting below.
Copaiba essential oil is extracted from the oleoresin of several different species of Copaifera, including multijuga, langsdorffii, and reticulata. Traditionally used in Native American recipes, today copaiba is featured in European and North American pharmacopeias.
This powerful essential oil is recognized for aiding digestion and supporting the body’s natural response to injury or irritation.
Copaiba is the only essential oil extracted through tapping, similar to how rubber and maple are obtained. Once tapped, the copaiba resin is distilled to produce a clear essential oil that has a rich, uplifting, woody smell. Only copaiba essential oil found near the Amazon rain forest basin contains the optimal natural compounds needed for a Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oil.
Gas Chromatograph and Mass Spectrometer testing shows copaiba contains high levels of beta caryophyllene, gamma elemene, and alpha humalene, which aids the natural processes of redness and irritation of body tissue.
Primary Benefits + Aids in comforting common digestion discomforts when taken internally. + Helps the body regulate its natural immune responses.
How To Use Internally: 1–3 drops up to three times daily as needed. Topical: 1–2 drops on desired area.
Did You Know? + Virtually all companies who offer copaiba or copal sell only the tree resin, not the distilled essential oil.
+ Copaiba resin (what is tapped from the copaiba tree) has been used for hundreds of years as an incense in some Central and South American cultures. Copaiba oleoresin and essential oil was first recorded in European medicine journals in 1625.
+ Copaiba essential oil contains the highest amounts of beta caryophyllene (55 percent) of any known essential oil. product information page
Caution If you are nursing, pregnant, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a physician before using.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q Is copaiba found in any Young Living blends? A Copaiba is a key ingredient in the Deep Relief™ and Breath Again™ Essential Oil Roll-Ons.
Q How did Young Living decide on the copaiba from the savanna portion of the Amazon rain forest? A Young Living sourcing specialists have traveled the world sampling different copaiba essential oil samples. Each batch was put through state-of-the-art Gas Chromatograph and Mass Spectrometer tests. Gary Young selected species of Copaifera from South America to maximize levels of beta caryophyllene, the key active ingredient in the essential oil.
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