Elemi Essential Oil

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Elemi, from the resin of the prized pili tree of the Philippines, brightens both skin and spirit.

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About Elemi Essential Oil

Elemi is a powerhouse oil that heals body, mind, and spirit. This exquisite oil, from the Bicol region of the Philippines, is the product of an artisanal resurgence occurring within the craft of pili tree resin harvest. It was previously thought that tapping the resin would kill the tree, leading to the loss of the beloved pili nut. However, technological advances have created a sustainable tapping industry that protects the trees and benefits the people of Bicol.

The pili tree has a special quality: it grows untended in extremes of dry heat and torrential rains. In fact, the more it is shaken and battered by the winds, the lovelier and more abundant is the fruit crop.  Elemi oil increases our body’s resilience in the face of environmental stress.

A special affinity for healing the skin, Elemi repairs trauma and rejuvenates the face and body. Elemi tones and firms the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It normalizes your skin’s natural oils, shrinking pores and supporting a balanced, even complexion.

Elemi oil has aromatherapy applications similar to a frankincense oil.  It benefits us during cold and flu season by providing soothing comfort to the head and lungs.  Like frankincense, it is a perfect stress reducer and meditation oil.  It profoundly improves the spiritual environment.  A drop of Elemi oil can be applied to the palms, rubbed together, and inhaled to produce a calming and clarifying effect. When mixed with a carrier oil such as Jojoba, Elemi will help the body stay limber.

The pili tree is from the family Burseraceae, the sacred incense tree family, within which we also find our treasured frankincense and myrrh. Essential oils from resins are purifying to the body and spirit.  Elemi has been used traditionally in the Philippines for bodily aches and skin conditions.  

How To Use Elemi Essential Oil

Add a drop to your favorite skin care cream to boost the skin’s tone, clarity, and luster.

Add several drops to your massage oil or a warm bath to soften the skin and relax the mind.

Add several drops to a damp washcloth and apply as a cold or warm compress to soothe any area of the body.

Elemi Oil Recipes:

Winter Wellness: 4 drops elemi, 2 drops eucalyptus globulus, 2 drops rosemary, 2 drops peppermint. For diffusion, or in 30 ml jojoba oil as a chest rub.

Meditation blend: 6 drops elemi, 6 drops sandalwood, 3 drops rose or neroli. For diffusion, or in 30 ml jojoba oil for topical/direct inhalation.

Elemi Essential Oil Profile:

Elemi, a steam distilled essential oil from the resin of the pili tree, is native to the Bicol region of the Philippines.  The resin, tapped from wild trees, is harvested sustainably and does not harm the tree. The results are a sacred scent oil for the body and mind.  For more information, please visit our Elemi Eco Project page.

Product Details:

Botanical Name: Canarium ovatum

Family: Burseraceae

Composition: 100% Pure Elemi oil

Origin: Bicol, Philippines

Method of Extraction: Hydro-Steam Distillation

Cultivation/Harvesting: Wild harvest

Plant Part: Gum Resin

Color: Light to Dark Yellow

Consistency: Thin

Yield: 4-6%

Bottle Size: 1/2 ounce (15 ml)

Aromatic Profile & Blending for Elemi Essential Oil:

Perfumery Note:  Middle, can be used as a fixative

Odor: Balsamic, citrus, clean and woody

Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium to strong

Blends well with: citrus oils such as grapefruit and bergamot, spice oils, other resin oils such as frankincense and myrrh, and florals such as clary sage, lavender,  neroli, and geranium

Elemi Essential Oil Safety Guidelines:

Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Do not take elemi essential oil internally.

Correction Notice: There is a minor typo on our labels for this item. The species is incorrectly labeled as luzonicum not ovatum. We will be reprinting the labels as soon as possible with the correct information on them. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Service Department.

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