Elemi Essential Oil

Type of plant: Tall evergreen tree with glossy, dark-green leaves, yellow flowers and olive-like fruits

Part used: Gum resin

Method of extraction: Steam distillation

Data: The tree trunk is cut in long horizontal lines, from which the white gum resin exudes profusely and is collected daily or weekly, depending on the age of the tree. Most often the gum is exported to Europe, where it is distilled. The tree, known as the canary tree, is native to the Philippines. Also known as Manila elemi. Long used as an ingredient in incense and for its medicinal uses, elemi was introduced into the European pharmacopeias in the sixteenth century and was said to heal wounds and broken bones. Elemi was once added to artists’ lacquers and varnish.

Principal places of production: Moluccas Islands (Philippines), Indonesia

When buying look for: A colorless to pale-yellow liquid with a fresh, citrus, slightly peppery, balsamic aroma

Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antispasmodic, cicatrizing, expectorant, pectoral, stimulant, stomachic, tonic

Therapeutic uses: Respiratory tract infection, chronic cough, catarrh, stress-related bronchial conditions, muscular fatigue, overworked muscles, infectious skin conditions, wounds, cuts and grazes, tiredness; soothing and calming

Blends well with: Benzoin, bergamot, chamomile maroc, cinnamon leaf, citronella, clove bud, eucalyptus lemon, eucalyptus radiata, frankincense, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, manuka, marjoram (sweet), myrrh, myrtle, palmarosa, pimento berry, ravensara, rosemary, sage (Greek), tea tree, thyme linalol

Precautionary advice: No contraindications known