Copaiba Essential Oil and its beta-caryophyllene…

… also found in Cannabis

Introduction to my Research Paper

copaiba essential oil
Copaiba Tree

 

For one of my final steps to receive my Aromatherapy Certification with the Aromahead Institute, I was set out to find a subject of my interest and write a 8-10 page research paper. First I was petrified by the thought of a) finding a subject and b) being able to write 8-10 pages. Well here you see a sliver of my final paper which got concluded with 24 pages. Copaiba Essential Oil grew very dear to me during my research and for that reason I added it to my Aromatherapy store. At the bottom you will find the link to the entire paper. Please use it & share it and let me know what you think! I also added a few recipes. Have fun and thank you for your interest! ~ Katrin

Here we go:

The essential oil community has heard a lot about the beautiful benefits of Cannaboid in Hemp Oil.   There have been many studies and success stories but we have rarely heard about the fantastic chemical constituent β-caryophyllene.

The subject of rheumatism and arthritis has been an important focus for me since I started studying essential oils because my mother has suffered from these conditions for many years.

My initial research brought me to many existing case studies, which seemed promising and led me to research and choose the Copaiba Oil, and especially the chemical component β-caryophyllene . This video is a small introduction of the oil from doTERRA at one of their Global Conventions in 2017. Dr. Hill introduced doTERRA’s new oil: https://youtu.be/vI8-TbcfY_M. As you will see further down below, I have found a few sources for Copaiba Balsam which a few of them are very promising such as the “Rainforest Chica” company.

While beta-caryophyllene is primarily known for its presence in the essential oils extracted from Black Pepper, Clove, Melissa, and Rosemary, the best source is actually the lesser-known Copaiba tree. GC-MS assessments have shown that many sources of Copaiba essential oil contains more than 50% and often up to 70% of beta-caryophyllene, and not surprisingly, the properties of the oil extracted from the oleoresin of Copaifera species is becoming a popular topic of research. There have been over 70 peer-reviewed studies published in scientific journals in the last few years evaluating the benefits of Copaiba, several of which focus on its CB2-binding properties and the associated health benefits. [7]

Tisserand said: “Did you know that copaiba essential oil can make your skin happy”?

Copaiba essential oil and oleoresin contain large amounts of beta-caryophyllene, a molecule that interacts with cannabinoid receptors in your skin. This causes skin cells to produce beta-endorphin, one of the happiness hormones. [23]

Due to the Chemical make up of β-caryophyllene, α-copaene, and α-humulene it has gained a large interest and fairly large amount of scientific studies.

To read the entire research paper, please click the link below:

Copaibas Beta-Caryophyllene Research Paper Katrin Birkholz original_APPROVED

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Essential Oils: Top, Middle, Base notes

What are top, middle & base notes?

Since I have started my Aromatherapy Certification Program with the Aromahead Institute I’m in a daily daze and I’m stunned at the details we already know about our beloved Essential Oils in a scientific way. It is an absolute amazing path I have chosen and I’m SOOOO happy I took this step.

Anyway, the other day I made a blend based on my mood. I had a slight stiff neck and I just felt a bit down due to a bad night of sleep.

I figured I’m going to mix 3 oils together by just smelling them individually. Without giving it too much thought I grabbed Vetiver, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Grapefruit (I’m in love with Grapefruit. Oil or not. It can’t run away from me).

I’m always using now 30ml (1 oz bottles) to make my mixing process consistent. I chose a 2% dilution (10-12 drops combined) for massaging it on my neck and shoulders as well as below my feet.

It’s a blend made in heaven. If you would like to try it out find the exact recipe below.

I did read later that Vetiver might help with mental fatigue, insomnia, depression, maintain nerve health and much more. It has calming properties. No wonder I love this oil. I use this blend now at night as well. 

So why I’m talking about this specific blend has two reasons. First, trust your instincts and your nose. This blend made my day just better. The smell of all three oils were just what I need that day.

Second, this blend has a beautiful synergy. It has all three notes in it. Top (Grapefruit), middle (Lavender) and base (Vetiver) note.

Top notes are uplifting. They give you happiness. They are first to arrive to your nose and first to leave your nose. They evaporate fast BUT they put a smile on your face. Try it. Open up Grapefruit and smell it! It will make you happy. I promise!

Some top notes:

  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Mandarin

Middle notes will bring harmony & softness to your blend. They are right in the middle where your heart sits.

Some middle notes:

  • Roman Chamomile
  • Spikenard
  • Lavender
  • Juniper
  • Marjoram

Base notes are grounding and soothing. They are mostly “heavy” oils as Vetiver is. They will be present for a long time and slow down the evaporation process of your top and middle notes.

Some base notes:

  • Cedarwood
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Vetiver

I hope you enjoyed the above. I surely did 🙂 And now to the recipe:

  • 1 oz (30 ml) amber glass bottle
  • 30ml Jojoba Wax (or any other carrier oil you have on hand)
  • 5 Drops Vetiver
  • 5 Drops Lavender
  • 5 Drops Grapefruit

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I buy my oils currently at different sources and if you have your own trusted source use them. This blend I have created with doTERRA oils.  If you don’t have any oils I can recommend doTERRA & Aromatics International.

Definitely and as always, go for the best oils (purest!!!) for the greatest benefits! Let me know if you have questions. I’m right now at the source 🙂

Hugs & Love

~Katrin