Essential Oil Spotlight: Pink Pepper

Pink pepper (Schinus molle) essential oil is steam distilled from the fruit of the plant. It belongs to the Anacardiaceae—commonly known as sumac or cashew—botanical family. The aroma is warm, spicy, and fruity, with a slightly woody undertone. Pink pepper properties: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antiviral, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, stimulant (digestive), and wound healing.

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Copaiba: The Miracle Oil

Copaiba essential oil has quickly gained the nickname as the miracle oil since its release.  After writing a post about copaiba, we’ve received many questions about how to apply the oil, so we wanted to share a little more about what we found! This essential oil is truly amazing with its powerful healing abilities, making it absolutely essential to your inventory. We want to help you understand a little of the science behind copaiba’s powerful properties, and then we’ll dive in to a few uses of this miraculous oil.

First, let’s talk about cannabinoids. That’s right—you’ve heard of cannabis oil and marijuana. Some cannabinoids are illegal due to their highly addictive nature. Recent studies have proven that the addictive nature of these substances is caused by their connection to the CB1 receptor in the body. This receptor allows for the healing and wonderful health properties to enter the body, but it all comes at the expense of adverse psychological issues and addictions. Recent studies have shown that if these cannabinoids could connect only to the CB2 receptor, then there would not be adverse psychological effects. However, this is much more difficult to achieve with these CBDs. Although cannabis oil is not addictive, it is incredibly expensive for a high-quality batch.

And that’s where copaiba essential oil comes in. Copaiba contains some of the same chemical properties as cannabinoids, but it is entirely safe and non-addictive. Copaiba bonds with the CB2 receptor, leading to a myriad of possible health benefits without bonding with the CB1 receptor—preventing possible addiction. This essential oil contains no THC, so it won’t show up as a false positive on drug tests; not to mention that copaiba contains a higher amount of BCP than high-quality cannabis oil, meaning that it is even more effective.

All the research is very interesting, but let’s get down to how to put it to the test. First, copaiba is a natural magnifier or enhancer, meaning that it can enhance the benefits of any oil it is blended with. This makes it extremely valuable in any blend, especially when combined with Roman chamomile, cedarwood, sandalwood, frankincense, and ylang ylang.

Copiaba has very powerful properties and can act as a pain reliever. Many people have inquired about the most effective application method. The only answer we can give is that it is entirely subjective. What works for one person may not work for others, especially when it comes to pain management. Our rule of thumb is to apply the oil topically when the pain feels topical. However, if you are experiencing internal pain or nerve pain, you may want to take the oil internally in a capsule or beverage. It would also be extremely effective to consult a reflexology chart to know where to apply the oil for specific conditions.

This essential oil has many other incredible uses, and we advise you to consult our “Essential Oil Spotlight: Copaiba” post for more information and usage instructions. Because copaiba has so many possibilities, we would absolutely love to hear your experiences with this oil. We are all learning, so we can all help teach each other. Let us know how you have used this oil to help you and those you know!

Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition.

Avoiding Opioids: Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain

Despite their highly addictive nature and a plethora of side effects, opioids1 remain the most common treatment for pain. For many people, chronic pain may be a sentence to a life of addiction and rehab. Though medical marijuana is gaining ground as a valid treatment for chronic pain, it remains illegal in many parts of the world. If you want to avoid opioid addiction but medical marijuana is not an option, here are a few alternative and natural treatments you can try for chronic pain.



Meditation2 uses mind over matter and offers a variety of both physical and mental benefits. Meditation can reduce depression, anxiety, and stress as well as manage pain. Of course, learning to meditate effectively takes time and practice. When the skill has been honed, meditation can use the power of the mind to reduce pain by promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and distracting the mind. When used long-term, it is a very valid option for pain management.


Exercise is a great way to fight chronic pain but can be very difficult to accomplish during flare-ups. Yoga3 is an easy, relaxed, low-impact exercise that is easily tailored to an individual’s needs. The stretching and focus on relaxation are great for pain management, even on days when the pain is particularly bad. The endorphins produced will also help tackle pain and improve mood.

Dietary Changes

Food_Heart_400_squareTweaking your diet can go a long way. The foods you eat have a significant impact on how you feel both mentally and physically. For people with chronic pain, this is particularly true. Certain foods can reduce4 the inflammation that is often responsible for your pain, while others will actually aggravate5 the inflammation, causing more pain.

By changing your diet to eliminate inflammation-causing foods and include inflammation-fighting foods, you may be surprised to find just how much more tolerable your pain becomes. Combine your new diet with exercise or other alternative treatments, and you might be able to eliminate your pain entirely.


Natural Remedies

Herbal remedies6 and essential oils7 are very commonly used by many anti-pharmaceutical movements. From Indian Ayurvedic herbs to naturally sourced painkillers, there are hundreds of options for non-addictive pain management. Herbs may be purchased in the form of capsules, drops, teas, or essential oils. Be sure to do your research and check whether or not a certain herb or natural remedy will have a negative interaction with any medications you are currently taking.

Chronic pain does not have to spell disaster for your future. Though opioids can be effective for short-term pain management, frequent use all too often results in addiction. Instead, you may want to consider an alternative treatment such as meditation or herbal supplements. When using alternative treatments, it is best to pick a few that work for you and combine their effects in order to fully manage your chronic pain. So pick up a yoga mat, write up a new meal plan, and try out some herbs. You may be surprised how well you can live without opioids.


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See Modern Essentials: Essential Oils for Pain Management

Essential Oils for Pain ManagementEveryone experiences pain. It shouldn’t be a big surprise that pain is the most common reason for doctor visits in the United States. Pain is the body’s natural alert system, warning the person about actual or potential damage to the body. Pain is a good thing because it motivates an individual to act––whether that is to withdraw from damaging situations, to protect that area while it heals, or to avoid similar situations in the future.

Generally, pain only lasts until the painful stimulus is removed and the body has healed, but there are times when pain continues even after the apparent healing of the body is complete, and sometimes it arises when nothing appears to be wrong. Even though pain can be a good thing, it can also greatly interfere with a person’s normal functions or the quality of their life.

A number of essential oils have anesthetic, analgesic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce pain. These oils include lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary, clove, cypress, white fir, helichrysum, geranium, frankincense, lemongrass, marjoram, melaleuca, peppermint, rosemary, and wintergreen (Modern Essentials, p. 255).

Essential Oils for Pain Management:

(The following information has been compiled from the book Modern Essentials, pp. 255–256.)

Bone Pain:
Bone pain is a gnawing, throbbing sensation in the bones and has many possible causes, including fractures, cancer, infection, injury, leukemia, and osteoporosis. Oils: Soothing Blend, wintergreen, lavender, cypress, juniper berry, white fir, cedarwood, helichrysum, peppermint, sandalwood.

Back Pain

Chronic Pain:
Chronic pain is generally defined as pain that lasts three months or longer. Oils: Soothing Blend, wintergreen, cypress, white fir, juniper berry, helichrysum, cedarwood, ginger, peppermint, sandalwood.

General Pain:
Oils: Soothing Blend, wintergreen, lavender, cypress, marjoram, white fir, helichrysum, peppermint, sandalwood.

Inflammation Pain:
Inflammation is the body’s reaction to infection and injury. It is characterized by redness, swelling, warmth, and pain. The following oils are associated with both pain and inflammation. Oils: rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender, Soothing Blend.

Joint Pain:
Oils: Soothing Blend, wintergreen, Roman chamomile.

Muscle Pain:
Oils: Soothing Blend, white fir, clove, lavender, lemongrass (ligaments), cypress, marjoram, helichrysum, peppermint, sandalwood, wintergreen.

Tissue Pain:
Oils: Soothing Blend, helichrysum.

Topical Application Instructions: Dilute the essential oil as recommended, and apply 1–2 drops on location. Massage diluted oil into affected muscles and joints. Apply as a warm compress over affected areas.

Source: Modern Essentials, Fifth Edition, pp. 255–256 (“Pain”).

The information above is an abridgment from the Modern Essentials “Personal Usage Guide” section by AromaTools®. This information has been designed to help educate the reader in regard to the subject matter covered. This information is provided with the understanding that the publisher, the authors, and AromaTools®, LLC, are not liable for the misconception or misuse of the information provided. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injured condition of the body. The authors, publisher, and AromaTools®, LLC, shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this information. The information presented is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified health care professional.