About Elemi (Canarium luzonicum) Essential Oil
Elemi has a spicy, incense-like scent that is soft and somewhat balsamic. As a member of the same botanical family as frankincense and myrrh. Elemi exudes an exotic, fragrant resin when its leaves are sprouting. The very pale-yellow colored resin of Elemi from Young Living is artfully steam distilled.
Elemi has been used traditionally in Europe for the skin. Elemi is highly regarded for reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, skin support, and for soothing muscles after exercise.
Elemi can be best described by comparing it to a slight dill pickle with earthy and citrus notes. It is surprisingly fresh and clean and not as tart as one would expect.
Aromatically, Elemi can give users a feeling of peace due to its grounding attributes. It can also be used topically on minor wounds and cuts, heavy perspiration, and it may be useful topically on the chest or diffused for the reduction of minor mucous.
Elemi is known as the “Poor Man’s Frankincense.” While it does not typically have the exact same power-house medicinal benefits as Frankincense (Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacra) Elemi does seem to provide the skin with at least comparable benefits at a much reduced cost. Hence Elemi could be a terrific alternative to Frankincense in your homemade beauty, home spa and OTC replacement recipes.
Ways To Use Elemi
Aromatic: Diffuse up to 1 hour three times daily.
Topically: In balms and compresses for its restorative properties.
Topically: As an energizing massage, use along the spine.
Topically: In massage diluted with a carrier oil, such as V-6 Massage Oil, on the abdomen to support relief of occasional minor digestive complaints.
Topically: Massaged along the column and on the neck as part of a method to straighten the spine and neck where discomfort from sitting hunched over a computer or desk tends to be a problem.
For Different Purposes Elemi Blends well with:
Aromatic / Diffuse / Perfume: Clary Sage, Rosemary and Myrrh.
Muscle Massage: Combine 2-3 drops each of Elemi, Copaiba, Lemongrass and Wintergreen essential oils diluted with V-6 Massage Oil for those occasional very stressed and overworked muscles — for those ‘weekend warrior’ moments.
Home Remedy Topical Ointment: Use 1-3 drops Elemi, and 2-3 drops Lavender, with a small dab of Young Living’s Rose Ointment in place of OTC minor wound ointment products.
Wrinkles: Try adding one drop of Elemi to any of your Young Living facial creams for an added boost!
- Do not use in children under 6 years
- Do not use in pregnant women
- Do not use in lactating women
Disclaimer: Statements made here are not intended to diagnose, treat or prescribe. These statements are not approved by the FDA, hence they are for entertainment and educational purposes only. Please consult your physician when something ails you.