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Elemi Essential Oil

Elemi Essential Oil

Elemi Essential Oil is steam distilled from the resin of the Asian tree Canarium luzonicum. As steam distilled oils derived from resins, Elemi and Frankincense oils share some similarities. Like Frankincense Essential Oil, Elemi Oil is rich in monoterpenes. It can be especially helpful in wound care and for supporting respiratory health. See the Uses section below for more possible applications. However, unlike Frankincense Essential Oil, Elemi Oil may contain methyleugenol. See the Safety Information section below for dermal limit recommendations.

Botanical Name

Canarium luzonicum

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used



Clear with a Tinge of Yellow



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Fresh, citrusy, peppery, spicy.

Elemi Essential Oil Uses

Respiratory tract infections, chronic coughs, catarrh, stress-related bronchial conditions, muscular fatigue, infectious skin conditions, wounds, cuts, fatigue. [Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 584.]

Major Constituents

See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1979-1980 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1981), 26-27. B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1981-1987 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1989), 109-110. B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 28, 2003), 84-86. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 272.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young state that Elemi Oil may contain methyleugenol. Their dermal maximum recommendation based on the possibility of 0.3% methyleugenol content is 6.7%. They warn about avoiding use of the oil altogether if it has oxidized. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 272.]

Shelf Life

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General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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