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Elemi essential oil, Canarium luzonicum



Does this resin look a bit familiar?

Continue reading to learn why


Elemi essential oil, Canarium luzonicum 

Extracted by steam distillation of the gum resin of the Pili tree. A tropical tree native to Bicol, Philippines and the Moluccas Islands.

As a species of the Burseraceae family, as are Frankincense and Myrrh, the aroma and spiritual applications of Elemi are similar to the sacred incense resins of those trees as well. The essential oils of all three of these trees are known to be purifying to the body and spirit.

The name Elemi comes from an Arabic phrase meaning ‘as above, so below’, which tells of its action on the emotional and spiritual planes.

The Pili tree can grow up to 115 feet tall. As it sprouts leaves, which can grow up to one foot long, the tree exudes a pale yellow resin.

Extraction: The resin is tapped from the wild trees and is harvested sustainably, so as not to harm the trees.

Aroma: spicy citrus, woody, balsamic. Medium strength

Perfumery:  middle note, can be used as a fixative

Color: pale to dark yellow

Consistency: thin

Historically, Egyptians used elemi in their aromatic embalming blend.

The tree grows in extremes of dry heat and torrential rains. The more it is battered by winds the more abundant and lovelier is the crop yield. This is an interesting correlation to how Elemi oil increases our body’s resilience to environmental stress.

It has been used in the Philippines for hundreds of years incorporated into ointments for body aches, soothing over exerted muscles and for healing skin conditions.

Today, Elemi is found in skin care formulations to tone and firm the skin, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It normalizes the skin’s oils, whether the skin is dry or oily. It is known for helping to shrink pores and support a balanced even complexion, while maintaining a good hydration level of the skin.

This makes Elemi ideal for all skin types.  Elemi is an ingredient in Garden of Eve Facial Cleansing Nectar, a cream cleanser formulated to be beneficial for all skin types.




By cleansing the skin daily with Facial Cleansing Nectar, you can experience the special skin care benefits that Elemi offers.


Elemi used as aromatherapy is known to be grounding and balancing, thus being a good choice for meditation. It is also reported to be beneficial as an inhalation for respiratory problems such as chest infections and sinusitis.

More Health Benefits:

Antiseptic: Protects against microbes, bacteria, fungi, and viruses, as well as septic and tetanus. Protects wounds and can prevent infections in organs.

Analgesic: Effective in minimizing pain related to colds, fevers or sprains. Benefits headaches, migraines, muscular pain, joint pain and pain in the ears.

Expectorant: Loosens phlegm, catarrh and helps it to release through coughing or in the stool. Clears congestion and makes breathing easier.

Stimulant: for all functions in the body i.e. circulation, secretion of hormones, enzymes from endocrinal glands, discharge of bile and other gastric juices into the stomach.

Tonic:  Helps growth and proper function of body by toning all organic systems of the body i.e. respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, circulatory, neural, excretory, nervous, and endocrine. It boosts the immune system of the body.

Safety Considerations:

There are no known safety issues associated with the use of Elemi essential oil.  As with all essential oils, be sure to patch test skin for personal sensitivity.  As babies’ skin can be sensitive, it is not recommended to be applied on babies


Author, Eve Stahl, is a Health Consultant, Herbalist and Skin Care expert. She specializes in using nature’s plants to enhance the health of people and to protect the health of our planet. To achieve this purpose she has created Garden of Eve Skin Care products for sensitive skin and all skin types. You can visit her company at: www.gardenofeve.com Prospective Affiliates visit: www.gardenofeveskincare.com/affiliate-application

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