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A Guide To Elemi Essential Oil and Its Benefits and Uses

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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."

Worwood says the emotional benefits of elemi essential oil (Canarium luzonicum) are to encourage calm, stillness, contentment, compassion, and peace.

Basic Elemi Facts

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? Consult a professional.

Is elemi essential oil safe for children? Consult a professional.

Cautions: Old or oxidized oils may cause skin sensitization — avoid using them.

Main components:

  • (+)-limonene          26.9–65%
  • elemol                    2.8–17.3%
  • alpha-phellandrene  4.3–15.1%
  • elemicin                  1.8–10.6%

Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition

Elemi Aromatherapy Benefits

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): Use elemi in skin care for 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.

Elemi Essential Oil Uses and Blends

Diffuser Blend For Boosting Immunity

  • 3 drops elemi essential oil
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil  
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil

Meditative Aromatherapy Inhaler

Add the following essential oils to the wick of an aromatherapy inhaler:

  • 5 drops elemi
  • 7 drops lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops patchouli essential oil

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.

  • 2 tablespoons trauma oil
  • 6 drops elemi essential oil
  • 6 drops ginger essential oil
  • 8 drops myrrh essential oil
  • One 1-ounce PET plastic or glass bottle

Fill the empty bottle with trauma oil. Add the essential oils, screw cap on tightly, and shake to blend.

Source: Essential Living

Evening Face Moisturizer

  • 3 drops elemi
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil  
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil   
  • 1 tablespoon carrier

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

  • 2 drops elemi
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops neroli essential oil
  • 4 teaspoons carrier oil

Source: Plant Therapy

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Third Edition, Vol. 1 – Foundations & Materia Medica suggests blending  the following essential oils with elemi:

  • To alleviate stress associated with fatigue and exhaustion: basil, bergamot, geranium, ginger, lemon, or rosemary.
  • To assist meditation: frankincense, lemon, patchouli, or sandalwood.
  • To reduce mucous: cajeput, eucalyptus, frankincense, or ginger.

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