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Q: Are you familiar with Elemi essential oil (Canarium luzonicum)? It smells great but I don't know much about it. Thanks for your time - K.L.
A: Elemi (Canarium luzonicum), is a wonderful essential oil that is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. It comes from a large tropical tree that may grow to about 100 feet high. It is native to the Philippines and is also cultivated there. The essential oil is extracted by steam distilling a resin that oozes from the tree in places where it is punctured or injured. It is antiseptic, soothing to skin, fortifying and tonic, regulatory, stimulant, expectorant, and stomachic. It helps skin to heal. It is excellent to use for skin rejuvenation, and infected cuts and wounds. It is known as an "anti-wrinkle" oil. It is also used to help clear bronchitis and when there is coughing. It is said to be helpful in cases of nervous exhaustion.
It's one of my favorite oils and I use it in skin creams and massage oils. It still doesn't seem to be too well known and I will probably do a feature article on it in the newsletter pretty soon because I like it so much. Thanks again for your interest and don't hesitate to email or call if you have any further questions. Best Regards - Joie Power, Ph.D.