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Holistic Horse Issue 113

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Copaiba essential oil (Copaifera officinalis), also known as copal, is distilled from the oleoresin taken from the Copaifera tree, which grows mainly in Brazil. The light golden oil has a soft and slightly woody scent that animals seem to be drawn to naturally. Animals have been observed in the Amazon, trying to find any way into these trees to get to the sap (resin), seemingly as self medication for various conditions.

Copaiba is mainly composed of sesquiterpenes, and has the highest level of beta-caryophyllene (50%) of any oil. This constituent has been studied for its support of healthy nervous and immune functions*; and its ability to modulate the body’s response to irritation* and support healthy inflammatory responses*.

Healthy or acute inflammation is a normal protective response for the body. For example, when a horse trains or exercises, healthy inflammation is created in the joints and muscles. The body then repairs anything it needs to as
art of the normal process. Copaiba can support this natural response when used topically and internally*.

Copaiba can also be used internally to support healthy digestion*. Because of the almost neutral taste it can be simply placed in food or dropped on the lower lip where it can be absorbed easily. Emotionally and spiritually, copaiba supports horses who may be processing past wounds by providing a sense of security. This makes it an excellent choice for horses that have experienced trauma. Copaiba has also been used for horses returning to work after sustaining injuries where a mental aspect is present; meaning, that the physical injury is clear and there may be also behavioral problems due to unresolved memory. Lastly, use copaiba to release “pissy” energy that is held in the kidney and bladder. Here, use topically on the kidney-bladder meridians to assist in clearing the energetic pattern.

Copaiba may be the perfect addition to your tack box as you enter the winter show season, and your horse will love it. Remember to consult with a professional before beginning therapy with essential oils or any other modality.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Nan Martin is a self-discovery coach, intuitive, and author of Stress Less: Transforming Stress to Success. She helps people and animals transform undesirable situations into positive outcomes through intuitive coaching. Her websites offer a wealth of information on emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing.

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