Steam distilled from the yellow, honey-like resin of the Pili tree, elemi oil has a distinct citrus-meets-herbal aroma with a hint of bitterness and lemon. A rare, yet treasured oil in aromatherapy, Elemi oil helps to:
Rejuvenate the senses as it clarifies**
Offer a balance of mind, body and spirit**
Support calm harmony**
What is Elemi?
A member of the Burseraceae (torchwood) family, Canarium luzonicum is a tropical tree native to the Philippines that can reach a staggering height of 115 feet! This rare tree is cherished in the Philippines as well as in aromatherapy, and is known by the Tagalog people as “pili.” The distinct yellow, honey-like resin produced by this tree is known as “sahig” and is often used to create torches and candles.
Elemi has long been revered in the Middle East and was once particularly valued by the Ancient Egyptians, who used the fragrant resin in their embalming processes. This age-old plant’s cultural importance can even be seen in its name—the term alludes to the Arabic phrase “as above, so below,” highlighting elemi’s importance in spirituality of the area.
Elemi Essential Oil
Steam distilled from the pale yellow, honey-like resin of the tree, elemi oil emits a strong citrus, herbal aroma, with notes of lemon and slight bitterness. For many aromatherapists it holds a similar resinous quality with frankincense and myrrh and is often found in blends containing these popular oils. Elemi oil can help instill feelings of balance and harmony between the mind, body and spirit. It holds rejuvenating and clarifying properties, benefits for which aromatherapists worldwide love this oil!
Blending essential oils opens up a world of wellness possibilities! Other oils that complement elemi oil’s lemon-peppery fragrance include: bergamot, cardamom, cedarwood, cinnamon, clary sage, eucalyptus, frankincense, galbanum, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, helichrysum, hyssop, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, Melissa, orange, patchouli, pine, rosemary, rosewood, sandalwood, spruce, and vetiver oils.
Piping Rock's pure Elemi Oil is available in 1/2 oz. bottles.
Elemi Oil Directions for Use
Add 3-5 drops of Elemi Oil to a diffuser or vaporizer, to a bowl of steaming water or a hot bath to fill a room with its citrus-herbal scent. To use topically, add ~5 drops of Elemi Oil to ~10 mL of any Piping Rock carrier oil.
Elemi Oil is for external use only and should be diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed or avocado oil before being used topically. Do not apply to broken or irritated skin. Always consult your trusted physician before adding any essential oil to your regimen, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking any medications. Discontinue use and alert your doctor should an adverse reaction occur. Keep out of reach of children and away from eyes and mouth. Essential oils are flammable.