Elemi (Canarium luzonicum), its oil is extracted from the gum by steam distillation of the Elemi tree. A resinoid and resin are also produced in small quantities. Elemi tree is native to the Philippines and is related to the trees that produce frankincense and myrrh, elemi was sometimes used in the place of frankincense when the latter became very expensive. In ancient times, the Egyptians used elemi oil in the embalming process. However, in recent times it is used in incense, soaps, and varnish.
Elemi oil contains analgesic, expectorant, tonic, antiseptic and stimulant therapeutic properties. The antiseptic property protects against every infection there is, including those from microbes, bacteria, fungi, and viruses, along with providing protection against septic and tetanus. Some people choose to put a few drops of the oil in their bath, specifically if they are treating a skin infection; however, that method can be used for respiratory ailments as well.
It is effective in alleviating pain related to colds, fevers, or sprains. It also helps in curing headaches, migraines, muscular, ear, and joint pains.
It stimulates circulation, the secretion of hormones and enzymes from the endocrinal glands, the discharge of bile, and other gastric juices into the stomach due to its stimulant property.
Elemi has been used for years to treat scars and wounds, and more recently has been found to help increase cell turnover. New skin cells are revealed, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance. If your skin is extra oily or extra dry, elemi will help. It has the ability to naturally balance skin oil production, reducing acne and blackheads and maintaining a more natural hydration level.
Elemi oil is very useful for helping cases where people perspire heavily. It can also be used in cases of nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions because it gives a feeling of peace.
Elemi oil should not be used during pregnancy or breast-feeding without consulting your doctor or health professional before use.