Botanical Family: Burseraceae
Extraction Method/Origin: Steam distillation from the gum of the tree—Philippines
Chemical Constituents: Monoterpenes (up to 90%): l-limonene (up to 70%), α- phellandrene (<24%), sabinene (<10%), β-phellandrene (5%), dipentene, terpinolene; Alcohols: elemol (up to 25%), α-terpineol; Ethers: elemicin; Sesquiterpenes: elemene; Ketones: d-carvone.
Properties: Anticatarrhal, antidepressant, anti-infectious, antiseptic, expectorant, and sedative.
Common Primary Uses: Chapped/cracked skin, rashes, tissue repair.
Folklore: The name elemi comes from an Arabic phrase meaning “As above, so below.” This helps us to understand its action on both the emotional and spiritual planes. Because of the similar properties and uses, it has come to be known as the “poor man’s frankincense.”
Historical Uses: Native to the Philippine islands and the Moluccas, it is used locally for skin conditions and respiratory problems. Anciently, the Egyptians used the oil that was distilled from the resin in part of the embalming process.
Other Possible Uses: This oil may help with bronchitis (chronic), chest infections, childbirth, coughs (unproductive), cuts (infected), gangrene, inflammation (breast and uterus), pregnancy, rashes (allergic), rejuvenation, skin (chapped), thymus gland, tissue (builds), ulcers, wounds (infected), and wrinkles. (See FRANKINSENSE and MYRRH for other possible uses.)
Body System(s) Affected: Skin.
Aromatic Influence: When diffused, this oil may help with nervous exhaustion, stress, sinusitis, and other bronchial infections. During meditation, it may help to calm and Chakras (Energy Centers) center the individual. It may also help to bring the mind, body, and spirit into alignment with each other. It is psychologically balancing and strengthening as well as fortifying to the psychic centers.
Application: Apply to Vita Flex Points and/or directly on area of concern. May be used as a compress for infected wounds and abscesses. May also be diluted for use during a massage or be added to a bath.
Oral Use As Dietary Suppliment: Approved by the FDA for use as a Food Additive (FA) or Flavoring Agent (FL). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.
Blend Classification: Enhancer; the hint of lemon gives it more of a middle note.
Blends With: Cinnamon bark & other spices, frankincense, lavender, myrrh, rosemary, sage.
Odor: Type: Middle Note (50–80% of the blend); Scent: Balsamic, fresh, citrusy, peppery, spicy; Intensity: 3.