It is a tropical tree from the Philippines that can grow up to 30 meters (98 feet) high. The tree exudes a pale yellow resin when the tree sprouts leaves. The resin solidifies on contact with the air and the resin stops flowing when the tree loses its leaves. The Elemi tree is known locally as ‘Pili’ and the gum is exported from Manila in two qualities: ‘Primera’ which is cleaned gum and ‘Secunda’ which is still crude and unclean. The ancient Egyptians used elemi oil in the embalming process. These days is used in incense, soaps and varnish.


Elemi can be useful with respiratory complaints such as bronchitis, dry cough and excess mucus. It is also helpful in cases of heavy perspiration, cuts, wounds and skin infections. Elemi oil is said to rejuvenate the skin. It can be used in cases of nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions; it gives a feeling of peace.


Elemi oil is helpful in the treatment of the respiratory tract, skin conditions and in lifting the spirit.

  • Burners and vaporizers In vapor therapy elemi oil can be used for nervous and respiratory conditions.
  • Blended oil or in the bathElemi oil can be used in blended massage oil, or diluted in the bath, to assist with nervous and respiratory conditions, stress related problems and skin infections.

Elemi oil blends well withIt blends well with frankincense, lavender, rosemary, myrrh and sage.

No special precautions are needed, but please note that elemi oil can be irritating to a sensitive skin.

The therapeutic properties of elemi oil are analgesic, expectorant, tonic, antiseptic and stimulant.

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