Elemi Therepeutic Grade Oil (Canarium Luzonicum)

Elemi Therepeutic Grade Oil
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Botanical name Canarium luzonicum

Family Burseraceae

Source  Resin

Origin  Philippines

Processing Method  Steam Distillation

Color/Consistency A thin, clear, colorless to pale yellow liquid.

Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma  Bright and crisp citrus with soft floral, slightly balsamic, spicy and herbaceous

Blends With  Frankincense, Lavender, Rosemary, Myrrh and Sage.

Product Abstract

Elemi is a powerhouse oil that heals body, mind, and spirit. This exquisite oil, from the Bicol region of the Philippines, is the product of an artisanal resurgence occurring within the craft of pili tree resin harvest. It was previously thought that tapping the resin would kill the tree, leading to the loss of the beloved pili nut.

Elemi oil has aromatherapy applications similar to a frankincense oil.  It benefits us during cold and flu season by providing soothing comfort to the head and lungs.  Like frankincense, it is a perfect stress reducer and meditation oil.  It profoundly improves the spiritual environment.


The word elemi has been used at various times to denote different resins. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the term usually denoted a resin from trees of the genus Icica in Brazil, and before that it meant the resin derived from Boswellia frereana. The word, like the older term animi, appears to have been derived from enhaemon the name of a styptic medicine said by Pliny to contain tears exuded by the olive tree of Arabia.

Harvesting/Extraction Information

Our organically crafted elemi essential oil is steam distilled from the naturally occurring resin of the tall, tropical elemi tree growing wild in the tropical rainforests of the Philippines. We love using this essential oil to help support healthy lung function, especially if one is experiencing a spastic cough or congested breathing. 

Common Usage

  • Protects from Infection
  • Analgesic Properties
  • Eases Breathing
  • Acts as Stimulant
  • Tonic for the Body


There are no known threats except that Elemi Essential Oil can be irritating for people with certain skin types. Therefore, it should not be applied on the skin of babies.

Key constituents

(þ)-Limonene 26.9–65.0%

Elemol 2.8–17.3%

a-Phellandrene 4.3–15.1%

Elemicin 1.8–10.6%

p-Cymene 1.4–7.7%

a-Pinene 0.4–5.4%

1,8-Cineole <2.5%

b-Myrcene 0.6–2.4%

b-Phellandrene 0.8–1.6%

Sabinene 1.3–5.9%

b-Pinene 0.3–1.0%

Methyleugenol 0.2–0.3%

Quality  May be adulterated with additional (þ)-limonene and a-phellandrene.

Safety summary
Hazards  May contain methyleugenol; skin sensitization if oxidized
Cautions  Old or oxidized oils should be avoided.

Maximum dermal use level:
EU                                                  0.07%
IFRA                                               0.13%
Tisserand & Young                            No limit

Our safety advice
Based purely on 0.3% methyleugenol content, we would recommend a maximum dermal use level of 6.7% for elemi oil, applying a dermal maximum of 0.02%. However, since the antitumoral activity of (þ)-limonene is wide-ranging and includes human hepatoma cells, the high level of (þ)-limonene in elemi oil is likely to counter any potentially hepatocarcinogenic effect of the very small amount of methyleugenol. We therefore believe that no limit should be applied. We recommend that elemi oil is stored in a dark, airtight container in a refrigerator to minimize oxidation of its (þ)-limonene content. The addition of an antioxidant to preparations containing elemi oil is recommended.

Regulatory guidelines
IFRA recommends that the maximum concentration of methyleugenol for leave-on products such as body lotion should be 0.0004%. The equivalent SCCNFP maximum is 0.0002%. IFRA recommends that essential oils rich in limonene should only be used when the level of peroxides is kept to the lowest practical level, for instance by adding antioxidants at the time of production.

Organ-specific effects
Adverse skin reactions  Undiluted elemi oil was slightly irritating to rabbits, but was not irritating to mice or pigs; tested at 4% on 25 volunteers it was neither irritating nor sensitizing. It is non-phototoxic.  Autoxidation products of (þ)-limonene can cause skin sensitization Limonene profile.

Systemic effects
Acute toxicity  Elemi oil acute oral LD50 in rats 3.37 g/kg; acute dermal LD50 in rabbits 5 g/kg.

Carcinogenic/anticarcinogenic potential No information found for elemi oil. Methyleugenol is a rodent carcinogen if exposure is sufficiently high; (þ)-limonene displays anticarcinogenic activity.

Elemi oil tends to resinify on ageing. In a report on trees it has been proposed by UNEP-WCMC that CITES add Canarium luzonicum to its list of threatened plant species.

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