Closely related to the trees that give us Frankincense and Myrrh, Elemi exudes an exotic fragrant resin when its leaves are sprouting. This yellow resin, similar to Frankincense with a strong woody scent, solidifies when it comes into contact with the air.
History: Elemi Essential Oil is known locally as Pili and the gum is exported from the Philippines. The ancient Egyptians used Elemi oil in the embalming process. The resin was used in Europe for ointments and salves, and in more recent time as a substitute for Frankincense.
Common Uses: The therapeutic properties of Elemi Essential Oil include use as an analgesic, expectorant, tonic, antiseptic and as a stimulating agent. It can give users a feeling of peace, is effective on wounds and cuts, heavy perspiration, and in the reduction of mucous. It is said to enhance the appearance of mature skin.
Cautions: None known.
Phytochemicals: Limonene and elemol are typical phytochemicals found in Elemi.
Usage: Topical: Apply 1-2 drops to concerned area with carrier oil. Oral: Dilute 1 drop into 2 oz water. Aromatic: Place 1-3 drops into diffuser.