Copaiba oil has successfully been used in many ways for hundreds of years. Find out the copaiba oil benefits this essential oil offers and how it can help your dog.

Have you ever heard of Copaiba Oil? I hadn’t for a long time, but once I started learning about it, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before.

Copaiba oil is an amazing essential oil. It has been used in traditional medicine for many purposes, including as an anti-inflammatory agent and to help with wound healing.

What is Copaiba oil?

The Copaiba is a large tree that grows in tropical rainforests of South America. Copaiba resin is actually tapped from a tree…similar to the process for getting maple syrup. Traditional healers in northern Brazil have used copaiba trees for their health benefits for many hundreds of years. 

The Copaiba oil is steam distilled from the resin of the Copaiba tree. This essential oil contains a large amount of beta-caryophyllene, which is what makes Copaiba oil so effective at relieving discomfort. 

Copaiba Oil Benefits

In addition to helping to reduce pain, Copaiba is a powerful antioxidant and can also enhance the effects of other medications, all potentially huge benefits for your dog, particularly if he or she is older or has a chronic condition.  

Copaiba has a very mild smell, making it an ideal oil if you want to avoid overpowering scents or wish to lessen the scent or intensity of other oils (be sure to dilute the oil for topical use, details below).

This essential oil is extremely versatile and supports the health of many systems of the body, including the: 

  • Cardiovascular
  • Immune
  • Digestive
  • Urinary
  • Respiratory
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Nervous 

Finally, Copaiba helps promote a smooth and healthy integumentary system which includes the skin, hair, coat, tail, and nails.

Is Copaiba Oil Safe For Dogs?

Yes, it is a very safe oil. Copaiba oil is becoming more popular as an oil to use on dogs. It’s a great alternative to pain-relieving drugs like NSAIDS because it doesn’t have any negative side effects (such as causing damage to the liver).

How To Use Copaiba Oil For Dogs

Diffusing Copaiba Oil

For dogs, diffuse Copaiba which can help calm their nervous system and provides respiratory support.

Topical Use

Diluting the oil is important because the strength of essential oils are based on the human body which would equal a 100-pound dog.

In order to make copaiba oil safe for dogs topically, dilute the essential oil with your preferred carrier oil. A few options for carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, and olive oil. 

I recommend these dilution ratios for dogs: 

  • large to medium dogs: a ratio of 1 drop essential oil to 30 drops carrier oil.
  • small dogs: a ratio of 1 drop essential oil to 50 drops carrier oil. 

Fractionated coconut oil is one of my favorite carrier (or fatty) oils for diluting essential oils to use with dogs. 

I like using fractionated coconut oil because it: 

  • works well in the fur coat
  • does not tend to leave residue on furniture or bedding
  • is edible (in case your dog licks himself)
  • eliminates most allergy concerns for humans. 

To get the most copaiba oil benefits possible, you can apply five to ten drops of this diluted mix to the dog, up to multiple times a day. Let your dog’s response and the duration of response determine how often you use it. 

Put the drops into your hands, rub them together to obtain a light coating. Then rub over the area in need or along the spine. Another way to use this oil topically is to add it to canine massage or acupressure.

You can use it in conjunction with Myrrh, Helichrysum, Lavender, Frankincense, or many other essential oils.

Thankfully, this powerful oil is already included in MuttScrub products. When you use them as directed, you can create a routine that nourishes your dog’s skin and alleviates irritations.

What is Copaiba Oil Used For With Dogs?

One of the best copaiba oil benefits is it can help soothe anxious feelings and is a well-loved oil because it relieves discomfort and promotes overall health. 

It is emotionally relaxing; use it to help calm anxiousness and decrease stress. 

This oil helps to: 

  • promote a healthy inflammatory response
  • heal scrapes and mild cuts
  • relax sore muscles and joints
  • ease the urinary tract and digestive tract
  • support the hepatic system
  • promote lymphatic flow
  • support the upper and lower respiratory tract and mucous membranes
  • calm the nervous system 
  • promote immune health.


How to Administer Copaiba Oil Orally 

You can give Copaiba orally in food to help with joint discomfort. It’s important to note that this should only be done with the highest grade of oil possible, and after you have cleared it with your veterinary provider. 

For every 50 pounds your dog weighs, give approximately one drop twice a day (ex: a 100-pound dog would get 2 drops, twice a day). 

When adding essential oils to foods, it is best to dilute them first within a fatty carrier oil such as coconut oil. This improves absorption into the body while also supplying additional safety margins. For dogs under 50 pounds, premix the drop of oil with the carrier oil and then use some of the mixture on dog food, rather than an entire drop. 

How to Use Copaiba Oil For Dogs: MuttScrub Products Provide The Perfect Soothing Blend 

Each product that MuttScrub offers uses copaiba oil to help soothe and calm your dog’s irritated skin. The blend of oils in each product provides the best nourishing support for your dog.

Treat your dog’s skin with pure ingredients that stop the irritation and aid the healing process. MuttScrub products are made of all-natural substances to give your dog instant relief.

All three of our products work best when used together in the Pawsitively Soothing Itch Relief Kit For Dogs. We’ve got several great reviews of the product over on our Facebook page…check them out!

Tell us in the comments: have you ever tried using copaiba oil for your dog?

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Given the calming and healing properties copaiba oil contains, try using one of our MuttScrub products in conjunction with essential oil therapy as an all-natural way to help keep your fur baby healthy and happy.


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