If you suffer from any dry skin condition you will be pleased to know that a new herbal treatment from the Amazon jungle may give you relief from this bothersome skin disorder. The name of this exciting herbal medicine is Copaiba oil.
As a natural remedy, the Copaiba Oil has been around for centuries. This oil is used by the indigenous people of the Amazon to help skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. It can also be used internally to treat a variety of medical conditions. It can be used in respiratory problems as an expectorant and even as a therapeutic aid for bronchitis . Another cure for sore throat mixes four drops of Copaiba oil with honey. It is also used as a gargle that can effectively help with tonsillitis and sore throat.
The use of Copaiba oil goes back thousands of years to the Amazon area of South America. The medicinal properties of this oil first became known through the Jesuits during the 17th century. Being a medicine distributed primarily by the Jesuits, it was first known as the Jesuit’s balsam. This Jesuit’s balsam was used for hemorrhoids and other conditions.
Currently, the Copaiba Oil has found widespread use. It has also become known not only for its medicinal benefits but also for its cosmetic applications. The oil is usually applied to the skin to soften it. It has a naturally high content of essential fatty acids which are skin tissue’s building blocks. Added to that is the effective antibacterial and anti-inflammatory traits of the Copaiba Oil which has led to it being used as an ingredient in soaps, bath oils and other cosmetic lotions and creams.
Continued studies about the medicinal benefits of the Copaiba Oil have shown that the active ingredients of the oil can be used for a variety of medical applications. Aside from its anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties, it has been discovered that this oil also has gastro-protective properties, that is to say that it can be used for treating stomach disorders such as stomach ulcers.
Furthermore, Copaiba Oil has also been discovered to have an anti-cancer reaction against melanoma or skin cancer cells and metastatic lung tumor cells. However, the study is still not final and additional research about the matter is still needed.
The usage of Copaiba Oil should be limited to topical use only. Internally taking this oil is not recommended unless supervised by a doctor. When applying Copaiba Oil, it should be kept away from sensitive areas of the body, especially the eyes as it can act as an irritant. If, while using this oil, rashes are experienced, usage should be stopped immediately and medical advice should be sought. Copaiba Oil has not been reported to have any adverse reactions when used with other conventional drugs but, it is best if medical advice is consulted before using with any medication.