Copaiba Essential Oil is absolutely amazing! It is versatile by supporting multiple body systems which helps to bring the body to a more restful, balanced state. This oil is safe for all ages of all animals, including humans, dogs, cats, horses, reptiles, and birds. In order to understand how Copaiba affects the body, we need to take a closer look at the chemistry.

The body has receptors that serve as a vital link between the brain and the rest of the body, coordinating communication by different cell types. Two of these receptors are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1, is expressed primarily on the nerve cells in the brain, and CB2 is expressed predominantly on white blood cells within the immune system. Research has shown that CB1 receptor activation influences memory and pain regulation, but it also induces psychoactive effects, rather known as a “high.” CB2 receptors support healthy nervous system function, proper immune function, and have soothing and relaxing properties on the body (similar to CB1), primarily through their ability to regulate inflammation. But CB2 receptor activation does not have the same psychoactive side effects as CB1 receptor activation.

Copaiba essential oil is high in sesquiterpenes, specifically Beta-Caryophyllene which activates the CB2 receptors. Beta-Caryophyllene supports healthy nervous and immune function, and has similar soothing and relaxing properties on the body (similar to that prompted by CB1 activation), without the potential psychoactive side effects. This combination supports multiple body systems, including the respiratory system, the integumentary system (skin, hair, nails, and hooves), the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, the digestive system, the renal system, and, probably most importantly, the nervous system.
Overall, Copaiba helps promote a healthy inflammatory response, supports the urinary and GI tracts, can be used on scrapes and mild cuts, relaxes sore muscles and joints, promotes lymphatic flow, supports the upper and lower respiratory tract and mucous membranes, eases feelings of nervousness and tension, and promotes a sense of well-being.
Due to the specific distillation process without the use of any harmful chemicals and the massive certification process our company utilizes, our Copaiba is safe to use topically, aromatically, and internally.

So,  How Would You Use It For Pets?

Here are just a few examples… Please do message me directly for specific questions, especially related to dilution and application safety processes for you and your pet.

DOGS:

Aromatically: Diffuse in your home, including where your dog sleeps.
Topically: Dilute based on the dog’s weight and apply to affected area or along the spine.
Internally: Dilute based on the dog’s weight and mix with their wet or dry food.

CATS:

Aromatically: Diffuse in your home.
Topically: Dilute, heavily, and apply to affected area or along the spine.
Internally: Not generally indicated for cats.
Bonus Tip: Mix 3 drops of Copaiba in 1 cup of baking soda and, after 24 hours, sprinkle a little on your litter box.

HORSES:

Aromatically: Diffuse in barn or stall.
Topically: Apply directly to area of concern or along the spine. Dilution is generally not necessary.
Internally: Mix 1 drop per 100 pounds of body weight in feed 1 time per day. For horses smaller than 100 pounds, dilution would be necessary.

BIRDS:

Aromatically: Diffuse in home, near bird cage.
Topically: Generally not recommended, can in some cases heavily diluted with a carrier oil and water.
Internally: Generally not recommended.

Until next time …

Be Well,

Dr. Cori

Disclaimer: This information is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any illness or disease. It’s strictly for informational, educational, or entertainment purposes only. The products I talk about are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any illness or disease. Any information I give you about them is for informational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please seek the qualified health professional of your choice when making health decisions for yourself, your family, and your pets.
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7 comments

    1. Hi Dora, yes this could help your dog, there are some safety steps you’d have to take with using them with dogs. If you’re open to learning how to use this safely, please send me message, I’m happy to help.

  1. My “pocket” Field Irish Setter has just been diagnosed with Atypical Addison’s. My vet wants to put her on Prednisone (low dose), but I am leery of steroids, and would like to try some natural therapies first. A friend suggested Copaiba oil used internally. Would you recommend this? My girl weighs barely 27 pounds (she is very, very small), is 4.5 years old, and apart from allergy to chicken and grain intolerance, she doesn’t have any other health issues. She behaves like a normal, active dog for her age, and has great appetite, so there are no external signs of Addison’s (diagnosis was made through ACTH stim test – all other blood labs were normal). She has always been a sensitive pup emotionally, and she suffers from separation anxiety and motion sickness. If recommended in her case, what should the dosage of Copaiba for internal use be for her weight? Should I give it diluted in a carrier oil (olive oil, coconut oil?) or mixed with her food? Thank you!

    1. Hi Jelena, There are many factors that should be considered for the safety of your pet and you ask some great questions. Are you currently working with someone who can help you navigate through this?

      1. I found a local person to work with. 5 months later, her issues have resolved with a diet change and use of essential oils. She is even gaining some weight now, and her coat looks better too. We haven’t done another ACTH stim test, but as long as she acts and looks like a healthy pup, we won’t bother her with another trip to the vet to draw blood. She is emotionally very sensitive, and traumatic visits to the vet’s office don’t help.

      2. Hi Jelena! That’s great! I’m so glad you’ve found a person to work with and help. And I’m so glad to hear she’s gaining weight and looking better, that’s such a wonderful feeling. Hoping for a continued healthy journey.

  2. I’ve long used essential oils but just now learning how they can help our furry friends. I had not idea about this oil. I just used your post as reference in a new blog post I’m writing. I will send it to you when I am finished. Glad I found you.

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