Plant part: Resin
Blends well with: Cinnamon, frankincense, lavender, myrrh, rosemary, sage, spice oils
Aroma: Spicy, lemony fresh, balsamic, slightly musky.
What we now refer to as “traditional medicines,” were once simply known as the healing arts of the culture. As modern medicine has arisen, it seems to have bullied other forms of healing into being diminutive. In reality, every form of healing has its place, and more often than not, the miracle drugs of the time are nothing more than extracts or compounds found in the powerful plants used in “traditional medicine”.
Elemi Essential oil is one such potent medicine. It is a powerful analgesic and antiseptic, and the resin was originally used on battlefields to protect open wounds. It may have also been used in the embalming of mummies in Egyptian tombs! Today it finds great use as a stimulant, increasing everything from the secretion of enzymes in the endocrine glands to stimulating nervous system responses.
The gummy resin of the Canarium Luzonicum tree is steam distilled in the process of creating Elemi Essential oil. The resulting clear liquid is a pure reduction of the sap, and has a thin consistency. It has a musky, lemony scent, and mixes well with spices.
Uses of Elemi Essential Oil
Nervous System: Relieves anxiety and stress.
Respiratory System: Soothes bronchitis, congestion, and cough.
Skin: Reduces appearance of mature skin and wrinkles
Limbic System: Stimulates secretion of lymph glands
Therapeutic Properties: anti-aging, anti-septic, balsamic, cicatrisant, expectorant, stomachic
Recipes With Elemi Essential Oil
- 3 drops Elemi oil
- 4 drops Eucalyptus oil
- 4 drops Tea Tree oil
- 3 drops Lemon oil
- Add essential oils to a personal inhaler and inhale slowly as needed for relief.
- 1 drop Elemi oil
- 1 drop Eucalyptus oil
- Place drops on a tissue and hold against mouth, breathing deeply through the mouth for relief.
Mature Skin and Wrinkles:
- 1 drop Elemi oil
- 1 teaspoon rosehip oil
- Rub oil in clean hands. Gently apply to face, throat, and the back of hands. Let soak in a few minutes, and then wash off gently.
Anxiety and stress:
- 2 drops Elemi oil
- 2 drops Ylang Ylang oil
- 2 drops Tangerine oil
- Add to an aroma diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.