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How I found Copaiba

Having decided that I would explore the benefits of using essential oils, the first one I tried was a blend called Balance. It is an amazing mix of Spruce, Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, Frankincense and Blue Chamomile. For me it helps when I’m anxious or feel overwhelmed either by things that are going on in my life or what I need to do. I also use it when I’m going into stressful situations, such as meetings I know could be difficult. It helps to make me feel more grounded and keep things in perspective.

From buying Balance, I joined a Facebook group which is run by Rachel, the person who introduced me to dōTERRA. The group is a lovely safe place to chat on line with others who are also learning and Rachel posts some brilliant hints and tips. 

One of the articles Rachel posted was about the pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of Copaiba. I began to wonder if it might help me as some people have found it helps to reduce the effects of neuropathy. I have quite bad neuropathy in both my feet as a result of trapped nerves in my spine. 

I researched Copaiba online and discovered that it is derived from the resin of the copaiba tree which can grow upwards of more than 100 feet and can be found in tropical South America. Copaiba oil is widely used in cosmetic products including soaps, creams, lotions, and perfumes. Since the 16th century, copaiba essential oil has been utilized in traditional health practices by the natives of north and northeastern Brazil. Copaiba can help soothe anxious feelings and it can be applied to the skin to promote a clear, smooth complexion. Taken internally, Copaiba essential oil supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems. Although Copaiba does not contain psychoactive cannabinoids, the main component caryophyllene may be neuroprotective and have cardiovascular and immune benefits. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that promotes immune health.

All of which sounded good to me! But there was one problem, at the time dōTERRA only sold Copaiba in the US (it is now avaiable in the UK) and I didn’t have the contacts to buy any from there. I did discover another supplier who would ship direct from India, so I bought some and blended it with Frankincense, Oregano, and FCO (fractionated coconut oil). Having put the blend into a rollerball bottle I applied it onto the soles of my feet just before going to bed. I was amazed that during the night that I only woke once instead of several times and that the discomfort in my feet reduced considerably.

I can also get severe pain in my back, usually caused by muscular spasms. Usually I would take Valium to reduce the spasms, but I decided that next time I had a bad pain attack I would get my partner to put some directly onto my spine. 

Essential oils work quickly, in 22 seconds the aroma reaches the brain, in 2 minutes they reach the blood stream and by 20 minutes they affect every cell in your body. 

I was amazed that within 10 minutes the spasms in my back had reduced and by 20 mins they had gone completely. With conventional medication that would normally take at least 30 mins and often and hour and then it would often return again 1-2 hours later. Each time I used the Copaiba blend the spasms didn’t return.

The more reading I did the more I was concerned that the Copaiba I had bought really wasn’t pure enough. The oil smelt good, but it was very cloudy, and therapeutic grade oil should be clear and pure. Also it came with no certification or indication of what tests were done to ensure safety and purity. I needed to buy the genuine oil.

I was fortunate that I found a group on line where people swap dōTERRA oils or sell on their overstock. I found two sellers who were willing to ship to the UK and I was soon the proud owner of 4 bottles of Copaiba.

I now have the purest form of Copaiba, a certified therapeutic grade oil. I could begin to try to find out if ingesting the oil would enable me to reduce my use of Tramadol. Oils can be ingested by either drinking in water – 1-2 drops is all you need, or by making up your own capsules. I decided to try the capsules because they would be the easiest to carry around with me. 

Empty gelatine capsules are easy to buy and I also got some capsule holders so that it was easy to fill them. With help from my partner I filled about 30 capsules. I used 2 drops of Copaiba and topped up,with 3-4 drops of FCO. I learned quickly that you need to make sure the capsule top clicks tight! 

I then began to replace my lunch time dose of Tramadol with one capsule, that worked well and after a few days I replaced my evening dose with a Copaiba capsule. I have only had one pain spike in the last 4 weeks when I have needed Tramadol and that was after a fall. 

So I am now taking 50% less Tramadol than previously. I doubt that my pain levels will allow me to completely come off Tramadol. But to have reduced my dose so much is wonderful. Essential Oils have made a massive and positive change in my life. 

Finding a different way of pain control

A combination of long term medication is something that many disabled people use to control the pain we deal with each day.

From time to time various scare stories appear in the press and sometimes we find ourselves have conversations or even arguments with a GP who seems determined to stop prescribing medication that works well.

Everyone is different and each of has to find the best way for ourselves.

For several months I decided to use a cannabis spray to try and reduce the amount of Tramadol I was taking. On a bad day I was taking the maximum dose of 2 x 50 mg four times a day. The cannabis spray definitely helped and I began to drop down to 2 x 50mg 2 or 3 times a day.  But the taste was pretty vile and I wanted to look at other options.

I’m part of a Facebook group for wheelchair users, which aims to share hints, tips and ideas for making life a little easier.  One day there was a post about using essential oils for health benefits and I decided to explore. 

What I found out absolutely amazed me. I have used homeopathy and alternative medicine for many years and found it to be very beneficial for things like headaches, cuts and bruises as well as healing after surgery. But using essential oils is another world all together. 

The first thing I found was that there are a myriad of companies out there selling oils. Some are organic, others say little about their origins and their bottles don’t say where the oil comes from. 

I spent ages researching as much information as I could find and learnt a great deal about how oils worked both physically and emotionally. There is a good amount of research and some really interesting studies. What struck me was the way that both Doctors and Nurses were involved in these studies and use oils in their practice. 

There are three main international companies who sell oils. One is based totally in the US with no  UK distribution system, so that ruled them out for me. Another company is mainly in the US, with some distributors in the UK. They grow most of the plants and trees in farms they own in the US, with few from other parts of the world. 

The third company is the newest and is called dōTERRA, meaning gift of the earth. They became my choice for four reasons:

ETHICAL FARMING

doTERRA’s process of sourcing is intended to provide powerful essential oils as well as create an industry that uplifts and instills hope in farming communities around the world. This process is called Co-Impact Sourcing

doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing helps local artisans in countries such as Haiti, Somalia and Indonesia. They can provide for their families, obtain sustainable jobs, and have hope in their futures.

PUREST OILS

The more pure the essential oil, the more powerful the results. Many essential oils available to purchase are not pure. Often, they contain fillers or other elements that dilute and alter the purity, thus diminishing the healthful qualities of the oil. In order to guarantee that the oils you use are pure, doTERRA and a team of highly skilled professionals formulated a successful testing procedure that qualifies doTERRA oils as uniquely pure and free of contaminants. This quality protocol is called CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.®

HEALING HANDS

The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation™ partners with Operation Underground Railroad (OUR Rescue) to bring healing and hope to the world. OUR Rescue exists to rescue children from sex trafficking by utilizing some of the world’s experts in extraction operations and anti-child trafficking efforts. 

The children rescued from these extraction efforts are then rehabilitated by OUR Rescue’s aftercare program, and the perpetrators are arrested, tried, and convicted to ensure that they don’t traffic children again. 

SUPPORT AND REWARDS

dōTERRA has amazing Wellness Advocates who will help you to explore the oils and find which ones are best for you and your family. There is no sales pressure. 

You can become a wholesale customer, get 25% off all your purchases and then get points to enable you to get oils for free. You don’t need to sell to anyone. For those who want to make money, there is lots of support to help you build a business. 

My next blog post will talk about the oil I found that has enabled me to cut my Tramadol use by 50%.

 

 

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