Canarium luzonicum
Family: Burseraceae

Elemi is a large tree, growing to 30m high, native to the Philippines. The tree exudes a pale yellow resin whilst growing leaves. The resin stops flowing when the leaves have fallen.

Many varieties are found in Australia, India, South and Central America and Africa

Elemi was used by the Egyptians for embalming.
It became popular in Europe around the XVIth Century.  It was traditionally used to heal deep wounds and cuts and speed up the healing process of fractured bones.

The essential oil is steam-distilled from the resin. it is a clear to pale yellow liquid with a balsamic aroma, woody but also slightly green, aromatic with a hint of spice and lemon. 
Chemically - the main constitiuents are limonene (45%), phellandrene (17%), elemol (12%), elemicine (5%)


Elemi has been found a useful remedy in treating catarrhal conditions, cough and bronchitis.  It eases congestion and dries excess mucous

It is mostly known for its healing properties on the skin to heal deep wounds, cuts, acne.  It also been traditionally used to look after mature skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Elemi can be used in cases of stress and anxiety.  It instils calm and ease

Below are a few blending suggestions

Anti-catarrhal blend
Elemi 2 drops
Inula Sweet 1 drop
Pine 2 drops
Lemon 3 drops
Thyme linalol 2 drops

1. add to a 30 ml blend of jojoba oil and use as a chest rub  - this equates to a 1% dilution (more or less)
2. Add to a bath
3. Add on a tissue by the bed

Wounds & Cuts
Elemi 2 drops
Cistus 1 drop
German Chamomile 1 drop
Lavender 3 drops

1. Use a tiny amount neat on the cut
2. Triple the no of drops and add to 30 ml a vegetable base made up of rosehip / argan

Elemi 2 drops
Frankincense 3 drops
Neroli 1 drop
Jasmine 1 drop
Seabuckthorne CO2 extract 3 drops

Double the no of drops and add to 50 ml of a vegetable base oil made up of equal parts of rosehip, camelia, argan, avocado, carrot phytol
Beautiful !
Enjoy !

 Elemi is used commercially in varnishes, lacquers and some printing inks. 

Elemi is non-toxic.  It may cause a slight skin sensitisation to over sensitive skin types

Daniel Ryman - The encyclopedia of plands and oils - and how they help you
Savatore Battaglia - The Complete guide to Aromatherapy

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