Copaiba & Manuka Honey Tea
In September doTERRA released a series of new Essential Oils. Amongst these oils was Copaiba. I've been taking two drops of Copaiba internally to support my overall immune, cardiovascular, digestive and nervous systems. I have found it incredibly beneficial to my emotional health as well. After just one week off adding Copaiba to my daily routine I started to feel an incredible shift happening. It's a powerful oil!
Copaiba is a resin extracted from the Copaiba trees in the Amazon rainforest. It's main chemical component is beta-caryophyllene, a chemical similar to the cannabinoids found in cannabis, that may protect nerve cells and have benefits for the cardiovascular and immune systems.
Copaiba is full of antioxidants, the molecules that protect the body from damage free radical damage.
I love to make an immune boosting tea with Manuka Honey, renown for its therapeutic properties, and a few drops of doTERRA's Copaiba Essential Oil. Just make sure you let the water cool a bit before adding your oils in order to preserve the therapeutic benefits.
When purchasing Manuka Honey keep in mind that you get what you pay for. A few things to look for when purchasing this honey are:
- It comes from New Zealand and both the name of the company and the license number is present on the label
- The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), a global standard in identifying and measuring the antibacterial strength of Manuka ranges from 4 to 15+. Anything in the 10-14 range supports natural healing and bacterial balance. 15+ indicates superior levels of phenols that are highly therapeutic but one shouldn’t exceed taking 1 tbsp at a time.
- Another measurement used is the KFactor, created by Manuka honey maker Wedderspoon. According to the Wedderspoon website, “KFactor 12 guarantees 65 percent of the pollen grains in the honey are Manuka pollen grains, KFactor 16 guarantees 75 percent of the pollen grains in the honey are Manuka pollen grains and KFactor 22 guarantees 90 percent of the pollen grains in the honey are Manuka pollen grains.”