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"Elemi awakens the knowing that is hushed in the waking dream of reality," writes aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. "It speaks to the inner being, lulling the quickened heart and mind, steadying us so that we can complete what we have begun." She also says the emotional benefits of elemi essential oil (Canarium luzonicum) are to encourage calm, stillness, contentment, compassion, and peace.
Aromatherapist Helen Nagle-Smith calls elemi a "shining light" in Working With Unusual Oils. "A candle in dark times to guide your forwards to where you need to go."
Plant family: Burseraceae.
Production: Steam distilled from the resin of the Canarium luzonicum tree, a large evergreen native to the Philippines.
Aroma: Resinous, citrusy, peppery.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle.
Is elemi safe to use during pregnancy? Conflicting information found. Consult a professional.
Is elemi essential oil safe for children? For ages 10+, according to Revive Essential Oils. Consult a professional for details.
Cautions: Old or oxidized oils may cause skin sensitization. Avoid using them.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Elemi is useful for nourishing mature complexions and helping reduce stress and nervousness.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Elemi is calming and soothing. It may help relieve chronic coughs, mucous, muscle fatigue, wounds, cuts, inflamed skin conditions, and tiredness.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Uses for elemi essential oil in skin care include aged skin and wrinkles, infected cuts and wounds, and inflamed skin conditions. The oil may also help reduce excess nasal mucous, unproductive coughs, nervous exhaustion, and stress-related conditions.
Subtle Aromatherapy: Elemi has an unifying effect, helping balance the upper and lower chakras, and also helps balance spiritual practices with worldly responsibilities. The aroma enhances meditation and visualization.
The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: Spiritually, use elemi for meditation, to activate intuition, to promote assuredness, and to enhance psychic abilities. Mentally, the oil improves your connection to your inner genius and promotes good thoughts and positive thinking. Emotionally, this essential oil can help during times of change.
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Elemi grounds and helps calm, strengthen, and balance. The oil is especially useful for the sixth and seventh chakras to open the mind to mystical experiences, promote mental peace and clarity, and balance the spiritual and worldly life.
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Third Edition, Vol. 1 – Foundations & Materia Medica suggests the following essential oils blends with elemi:
Diffuser Blend For Boosting Immunity
Meditative Aromatherapy Inhaler
Add the following essential oils to the wick of an aromatherapy inhaler:
You could also make a blend and use a few drops in a diffuser.
Source: Base Formula
Warming Massage Oil for Pain Relief
Use the following massage oil for tight, tense muscle aches. This warming oil works best on stiff, stagnant pain. Great for arthritis.
Fill the empty bottle with trauma oil. Add the essential oils, screw cap on tightly, and shake to blend.
Source: Essential Living
Bath Salts to Relieve Body Aches
Caution: Do not use during pregnancy. Source: Melissa Clymer CCAP, CFAP, "Summer Recipes," NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, Summer 2017.2, p. 74.
Evening Face Moisturizer
Combine oils. Apply a few drops to your face before bed.
Source: 150 Ways to Use Essential Oils from Eden's Garden
Anti-Aging Skin Blend
Source: Plant Therapy
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