Elemi Oil, Some Uses

Elemi Oil, Some Uses

Elemi treeElemi (Canarium iuzonicum) trees are native to the Philippines. The oil comes from the gum of the tree and is distantly related to Frankincense and Myrrh. It has a long history of use by the ancient Egyptians in embalming.  The scent of the oil has a light woody, slightly citrusy feel to it.

Aromatic influences: Grounding and joyous, instills peace, centering, balances both the upper and lower chakras, visualization, and helps reach deep hidden emotions. Opening, light, and restoring.

Combines well with:

Myrrh, Frankincense, Rosemary, Lavender, Sage, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Coriander, Geranium, Ginger Root, Cardamom, Rosewood

Points of interest

  • Non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing. Is suitable for all skin types.
  • Has a strong scent so use sparingly.
  • Distantly related to Frankincense and they can sometimes replace each other. Has been called the “Poor Man’s Frankincense.” So you should also look at recipes in the Frankincense Oil, Some Uses article.
  • elemi_engravingEases a heavy heart, lightening emotional burdens. Reduces stress and nervousness.
  • Works well in the 7th, or “Crown” chakra.
  • The name means “as above, so below.”  It is a harmonising oil which helps bring the mind, body, and spirit into alignment. Good to diffuse during meditations.
  • Caution, there is a possible cross sensitivity to Balsam of Peru.
  • Diffuse 3 drops Elemi and 3 drops Frankincense to help lift depression.
  • Often used to scent soaps and cosmetics.
  • Diffuse it to help treat excessive mucus in the lungs.
  • Brings a sense of deep peace and inner contentment of the spirit.
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel.


Here are a few recipes involving Elemi oil. To check for more, you can click on Elemi in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it. Elemi oil and resin

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Restore Dry Skin

  • 4 drops Elemi
  • 2 drops Rose
  • 4 drops Frankincense
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil or Avocado oil

Massage into skin daily where it needs it the most. (7)

Smooth Out Wrinkles

  • 4 drops Elemi
  • 2 drops Neroli
  • 4 drops Palmarosa
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oIl, Avocado oil, or Almond oil

Massage formula into face every night. Use gentle, upward strokes. (7)

Essential oils & flowersCalm Emotional Anxiety

  • 2 drops Elemi
  • 4 drops Pink Grapefruit
  • 1 teaspoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)

Add formula to a warm/hot bath and soak for 30 minutes. Can also dissolve formula into 1 cup Epsom Salts and add to bath to soften skin and remove impurities. (7)

Virgin Coconut OilDry Skin Moisturizer

  • 2 drops Elemi
  • 2 drops Rosewood
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 1/2 cup Virgin Coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil

Add essential oils to the olive oil and mix well. Then add to the coconut oil and blend with a wire whisk, hand blender, or with a fork. Mix together until smooth. Apply to clean face nightly.

And finally,

Time to go try it out! What recipe are you going to try first? What ways do you like to use Elemi oil? Please tell us in the comment section below. We’d love to hear!



  1. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  2. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  3. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  4. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  5. Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child: More Than 300 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Essential Oil Blends, by Valerie Ann Worwood
  6. The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood, and Emotion by Valerie Ann Worwood
  7. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding

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