Botanical Name: Canarium luzonicum / Canarium vulgare
Country of Origin: Vietnam
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part use: Resin
Aromatic Scent: Elemi Essential Oil smells fresh, resinous, citrusy, peppery and somewhat spicy.
Elemi is a tropical tree that is native to the Vietnam and Asia; however it has had a widespread use in the Middle East for centuries. Elemi belongs to the Burseraceae botanical family. It grows up to ninety-eight feet in height. When the elemi tree sprouts leaves, it exudes a natural resin gum that is collected and then steam distilled to produce elemi essential oil.
Elemi Oil properties:
APPEARANCE Clear mobile liquid
DENSITY at 20ºC (g/cm3): 0.850 - 0.910
REFRACTIVE INDEX at 20ºC:: 1.4650 - 1.4950
OPTICAL ROTATION (at 20ºC) 40º to 85º
SABINENE (%) 3.00 - 8.00
ALPHA PHELLANDRENE (%) 10% - 24%
LIMONENE (%) 40% - 72%
TERPINEOL ALPHA (%) 0.4 - 3.0%
ELEMOL (%) 1.0% - 25.0%
ELEMICINE (%) 0.5% - 8.0%
Elemi Oil Uses
As distilled oils derived from resins, Elemi and Frankincense oils share some similarities. Like Frankincense Essential Oil, Elemi Oil is rich in monoterpenes.
Called as the "poor man's frankincense," the elemi shares characteristics similar to frankincense and myrrh. The scent of elemi essential oil is fresh, spicy and lemony, perfect as a middle note for perfumes. It is a natural analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Used by countless people to help soothe muscles, calm nerves and aid minor respiratory problems but perhaps the biggest claim to fame of elemi essential oil is its contribution to reduction of wrinkles and rejuvenation of skin.
For many years, it has been a popular ingredient in a lot of mainstream perfumes and has been regarded highly for its exotic scent and rarity.
Keep out of reach of children.
If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.
Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.