Elemi oil is one of the essential oils known for a number of health and aromatherapeutic benefits. This oil has fresh, balsamic and spicy with hints of citrus aroma. The Elemi is a tall, tropical tree which often grows to over 30 meters. The tree is found in the tropical forests of the Philippines and some neighbouring nations. The oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. It is also used in the soap, cosmetics, perfume, and paint industries.
Extraction and Properties of Elemi Oil
The oil of Elemi is extracted by steam distillation of the gum obtained from the Elemi tree. The properties of this oil include antiseptic, analgesic, expectorant, stimulant, antiviral, bactericide, fungicide, tonic and vulnerary.
Blending of Elemi Oil
The oil mixes well with Lemon oil, Cajuput oil, Basil oil, Myrtle oil, Eucalyptus oil, Cinnamon oil, Labdanum oil, Rosemary oil, Lavender oil and Sage oil.
Medicinal Benefits of Elemi Oil
It is effective in preventing infections in the urethra, urinary bladder, urinary tract, colon, kidneys, intestines, and stomach.
It is helpful in cases of chest infections, catarrh, sinusitis and bronchitis.
It is useful in healing cuts and wounds.
Its antiseptic property protects against infections like microbes, bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
It provides relief from headaches, migraines and muscular pain.
It helps to reduce scarring and acne.
It helps to clear congestion making breathing easier.
It boosts the immune system of the body.
It helps to treat digestive disorders, mumps, and chills.
It stimulates the activities of many organs in the body.
Other Uses of Elemi Oil
The oil is helpful for mature skin. It is said to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It is also useful for skin that has been sun-damaged.
The oil is calming and is said to give feelings of peace.
It is also used for soothing muscles discomforts after exercise.
The oil is said to bring balance to both the spiritual and emotional planes.
Caution about Elemi Oil
Pregnant women should not use this oil. Also, this oil should not be used on the skin of babies as it can be irritating to very sensitive skins.
(Last Updated on : 02-01-2015)