10 Health Benefits Of Elemi Essential Oil



Botanical Name: Canarium luzonicum
Origin: Philippines
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Resin
Aroma: Lemony, sweet, tangy-green, and slightly musky
Blends Well With: Frankincense, geranium, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, lavender, rosemary, myrrh, sandalwood, galbanam, sage, melissa, orange, rosewood and ylang ylang.

Elemi essential oil can be irritating to very sensitive skins, so it should not be used on the skin of babies. Do not use during pregnancy or breast feeding without first consulting your doctor or natural health professional.




I adore Elemi essential oil. Probably because it smells like frankincense except elemi has a hint of a lemon scent. Elemi is closely related to frankincense and myrrh. You may see it referred to as “poor man’s frankincense” as it has similar properties. Before modern medicine, civilizations relied heavily on the powers of nature to heal, restore and uplift. Incredibly, ancient physicians and healers found many remedies in nature that actually worked.

Elemi is one of those essential oils that has been around for centuries. It’s one of the best oils for skincare and mature skin. It was used on the battlefield to speed up the healing process and it was used to unclog the respiratory system. The Ancient Egyptians used Elemi during the embalming process. Today, we know that Elemi can help assist a wide array of health issues to restore wellness. Elemi has a lemony, slightly musky aroma. It is used in skin care treatments and is helpful in soothing a cough or chest congestions. Native to Asia, Elemi is an evergreen tree that produces fruits the size of plums with nuts inside. The resin of the tree is put through a steam distillation process and the essential oil is extracted to capture the plants’ many benefits.


The following properties and benefits will only be noticed when using a high quality Elemi oil. Please do your research before buying oils;

  • Anti-aging
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-septic
  • Cicatrisant
  • Expectorant
  • Fungicide
  • Stimulant


Apply a few drops to your regular face cleanser.

Aging Skin
Add 1 drop Elemi to 1 teaspoon rosehip oil. Apply to face, throat, and the back of hands. Let soak in a few minutes, then wash off with a warm, dampened face cloth.

Use as a steam inhalation or diffuse throughout a room.

Place a drop of Elemi on a tissue and breathe in the aroma.

Apply 1 drop of diluted oil to the area of concern.

Put a few drops in a hot bath to help relieve nervous exhaustion.

Use as a steam inhalation for sinusitis.

Put a few drops in a diffuser to help calm you down if you are feeling stressed or emotional.

Apply 1-2 drops of diluted oil to the area of concern. Also consider using this owie roller ball blend.

Add 1 drop Elemi to 1 teaspoon rosehip oil. Apply to face, throat, and the back of hands.


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  • Simera, you had me at helping with anti aging and wrinkles… a definite must try for me xox
    Have an awesome week <3

  • Jackie Harrison

    This help with cough and so many other thing you always find the oils that work. Is hard for me to know about brand their is so many out there which one you recommend.

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  • Bella Pummarola

    I’ve never even heard of this one! Very informative post!

    Bella Pummarola

  • Denise

    Hi, dear Simera, paying my weekly visit! You know how stressful life can be, but I am managing to catch up once a week and I feel good to have this time to read about Elemi – wow, I didn’t know about it and that it was related to frankincense (poor’s man…) and it seems to be excellent! I will really really try to find it, cause it is stimulant and I need it very much, I feel so stressed and tired many times!

  • I have never heard of elemi oil. Very informative post. Thanks for sharing dear.

  • Wow, it seems to have a lot of healing properties. Thanks for the helpful information


  • Оксана Золотухина

    Fabulous review. Loved your detailed post.


  • Really interesting post…thx for sharing! xx

  • I’ve never used Elemi essential oil but it sounds super useful!

  • PM

    Interesting. I see a lot of people posting about and using essential oils.


  • Natasha Bhatt

    The story behind this is really fascinating.. I loved the scent as per ur description.. Thanks fr sharing.. never knew abt this oil before

  • Interesting! I don’t know about this essential oil I would like to try this!