Elemi Essential Oil

Elemi Essential Oil

Elemi is a tropical tree native to the Philippines that is closely related to frankincense and myrrh. Elemi oil is sometimes called poor man's frankincense for its similar properties. The Egyptians used elemi resin or oil as a fixative in the embalming process; and the oil was used in 16th century Europe to treat wounds and skin infections.

The word elemi comes from an Arabic phrase meaning above and below; in reference to elemi oil's ability to support both physical and spiritual health.

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Elemi Essential Oil Profile

Botanical: Canaria luzonicum | Origin: Philippines | Method: Steam Distilled


Elemi oil is a clear, yellow-tinged mobile liquid with a fresh, lemony, and slightly balsamic aroma. It blends well with cardamom, cinnamon, frankincense, galbanum, lavender, melissa, myrrh, rosewood, sage, sandalwood, and spice oils.

Principal Constituents:

These are naturally occurring in the essential oil.

  • elemol

  • elemecin

  • phellandrene

  • dipentene

  • terpineol

  • carvone

  • terpinolene


Elemi oil is generally considered non-toxic, non-sensitizing, and non-irritating. However, elemi oil may cause irritation on sensitive skin, and should be diluted before topical use. 

Important Note: The information on EssentialOilExchange.com is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary modality.

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