How to use Copaiba

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Copaiba. It's a mysterious oil that's hard to pronounce. But no matter how you decide to say it, it's a powerhouse oil good for so many things! While Copaiba is great on its own, I always think of Copaiba as an enhancing oil, meaning it helps bring out the qualities of oils you pair it with.

My favorite way to use Copaiba (pronounced co-pie-ba according to the Webster Dictionary) is as an all-natural deodorant. Instead of using stick antiperspirants or deodorants, which can often leave unsightly stains or marks and are sometimes made with known hormone disrupting ingredients, I simply use a drop of Copaiba in each pit in the morning and go on with my day!

I've recently started using Copaiba on my teething 8 month old. You can dilute, but I use it straight on her jawline right before bed. So far, so good!

A few other ways to use Copaiba is to add it to your post-workout muscle cream, roller, or bath salts. Recipes for each are below.

Muscle Cream
1 cup Coconut Oil (I use my local grocery store brand)
10 drops PanAway
10 drops Peppermint
10 drops Copaiba
Optional 10 drops Valor or Valor II
Optional 10 drops Lemongrass

Whip with mixer until fluffy and store in glass jar. I use a 4oz mason jar, but you can find cute glass containers at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Amazon.

Muscle Roller
Add the following to a 10ml glass roller:
10 drops PanAway
10 drops Peppermint
10 drops Copaiba
Fill the rest of the roller with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil. Roll on sore muscles.

Muscle Soothing Bath Salts
Using a 4oz mason jar, fill with 1/2 cup epsom salt and stir in the following:
7 drops PanAway
5 drops Peppermint
5 drops Copaiba
Add to bath water and mix around before getting in

All-Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

Before I started using essential oils I had at least 4 different spray bottles of cleaners under my kitchen sink. One for glass, one for wood floors, one for stainless steel, and one for bad smells. And for a couple of those I had to wear rubber gloves because if I didn't I would get these slightly painful white dots all over my fingers and hands. Ugh. I hate wearing gloves to clean.

Then I started down the rabbit-hole of essential oils and toxin-free cleaning products. While researching essential oils I discovered that SO MANY of my household cleaners (along with most of my personal care products and make-up) were chock full of nasty, hormone disrupting, carcinogenic ingredients. I knew that I wanted to start replacing these items little by little with natural alternatives and decided to get rid of my many gross cleaners. (The very first thing I did to start on this all-natural path was toss my dryer sheets and replace them with wool dryer balls. So easy. Here are the ones I grabbed.)

Some of my friends had been raving about this Thieves Household cleaner so I decided to check it out. I got my bottle and made up my first batch of cleaner (one capful of cleaner in a 16oz bottle topped with water). Guys. Not only is this stuff all-natural and I don't have to worry about my dogs licking the floor after using it (yeah, my dogs are weird), but it smells like Christmas. It's definitely a winner. (I will add white vinegar to the mix if I'm cleaning windows, mirrors, or my stainless steel appliances to avoid streaks.)