Oil Introduction: Elemi

May 13th 2021

This week's oil of the week is Elemi! 

I'm sure this oil is new to a lot of people, so we'll begin at the beginning. 

(If Elemi is NOT new to you and you already know that you love it, hop over to Instagram and post a story telling us what you love about it! Be sure to "@mention" us in your story so we can see it!) 

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Elemi, or Canarium Iuzonicum, is a large evergreen tree that also produces edible seeds and nuts, as well as a useful cooking oil made from its seeds. It's also possible to eat the young shoots produced by its seeds. 

The Elemi essential oil, however, comes from it's resin- Ours is steam-distilled and is made in France. Elemi is a resinous oil (think Frankincense, Myrrh, and Balsam). Resin is a sticky substance that is produced to protect a tree when it was been cut or wounded. The resin acts as a sort of bandage to protect the tree from harmful insects, parasites, or germs and bacteria.

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 Resins have been used for centuries in traditions. Elemi specifically has been used for things such as mummification, soap-making, incense, and even things like varnish and preservation. 

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Elemi essential oil is considered to be antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-rheumatic, as well as antispasmodic. This means this oil could be helpful for ailments spanning from muscle pain and rheumatism to a topical ointment for burns and sores. It can also be used to help alleviate coughs... try diffusing it or making an ointment for the chest. 

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If you're looking for a balancing, grounding oil, this is it. Elemi can be useful for aiding meditation, and you may find its tangy-sweet aroma calming.

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