Elemi oil is extracted from the resin of Canarium luzonicum of the Burseraceae family and is also known as Manila elemi.
The Elemi is a tall, tropical tree (often growing to over 30 metres) and is closely related to the trees that give us myrrh and frankincense. Like these it produces a resin from which we get the essential oil.
Elemi has a very long history in skin-care, both in the Middle East and Europe. The gum, or resin, was often used in old-fashioned ointments and salves for the skin, and also for respiratory conditions.
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As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.)