Elemi Essential Oil - Benefits & How to Use - DIY Linen Spray

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Elemi Essential Oil 101

By Katrina Scampini, Certified Aromatherapist

Aphrodisiac linen spray with elemi essential oil

Let’s talk about an amazing essential oil that may not be on your radar — yet! Say hello to Elemi! This lesser-known oil is actually a distant relative to Frankincense and Myrrh, and similarly, is acquired through the steam distillation of a tree’s resinous gum. Its tree, the Canarium luzonicum, is a large evergreen native to the tropical forests of the Philippines. Not only does this tree create a fragrant essential oil, but its seeds, nuts, and fruit pulp are all edible and the bark is used in baths to help provide postpartum relief [1]. This is a pretty awesome plant!

Its essential oil is equally as useful.

Spotlight Oil of the Week Elemi Essential Oil

It provides support to the respiratory system, can help reduce inflammation [1], and is a wonderful way to rejuvenate dull or mature skin. Elemi is rich in monoterpenes and is especially high in limonene. Limonene, often found in citrus essential oils, is known to boost the immune system by activating white blood cells [2]. It is also known to promote the skin healing process when superficial wounds occur [3]. In general, resin-based oils are great for reducing the appearance of scars and supporting healthy tissue regrowth [4].  

Elemi has a lovely tangy-sweet scent with hints of musk. It’s peppery with a touch of citrus as well, giving this essential oil a very unique and complex aroma profile. To enjoy the grounding and balancing effects of Elemi, diffuse during meditation practices or use in an aromatherapy inhaler to help with mood as needed. It can help clear a cluttered mind, making it easier to focus on whatever you need to get done.

Elemi’s dermatological uses include supporting aged and dry complexions, balancing sebum (the natural oil your body produces), and reducing the appearance of wrinkles [5]. To restore healthy, younger-looking skin, dilute Elemi to 1% in your favorite carrier oil and apply to your face. Or, add 2 drops each of Elemi, Lavender, and Neroli to 4 teaspoons of a skin supporting carrier oil, like Rosehip or Meadowfoam, for a powerful anti-aging blend.

For other areas of your body, dilute up to 3%. When sore, overworked muscles are getting you down, massage diluted Elemi directly onto the areas of concern. Perfect for after a good workout or if your day left you with uncomfortable, tense muscles.

Try this wonderful blend using Elemi for a sensual, spicy, citrusy, and sweet linen spray!

Aphrodisiac Linen Spray

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Add water, Everclear, and essential oils to a spray bottle. Shake well before each use!

aphrodisiac linen spray with elemi essential oil

Sources:

[1]. Gray, A. Canarium luzonicum. Retrieved from https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Canarium+luzonicum

[2]. Chemical Families: Monoterpenes. Retrieved from https://www.aromahead.com/online-course/aromatherapy-certification-program/reference/chemical-families/monoterpenes

[3]. Worwood, V. (2016). The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition. Novato, CA: New World Library. Pg. 584.

[4] Elemi Essential Oil Spotlight. Retrieved from http://info.aromahead.com/elemi-essential-oil

[5]. Orchard, A., & van Vuuren, S. (2017). Commercial Essential Oils as Potential Antimicrobials to Treat Skin Diseases. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM, 2017, 4517971. http://doi.org/10.1155/2017/4517971

41 thoughts on “Elemi Essential Oil 101”

  1. Can’t wait to make this spray! It sounds lovely. If you can’t get the everclear, try a really high proof vodka. I use a little vodka in my homemade sanitizing spray with Germ Fighter & you can’t smell it.

    1. It’s possible that’s what it smells like to you because smell can vary based on the individual. But to me, Elemi has a tangy-sweet aroma with almost a peppery note.

  2. I originally bought it to help me wind down before bed, but have since discovered it tends to keep me awake and a little “jazzed” up. I am now looking forward to using it in my next DIY facial moisturizer. Thanks for this post.

  3. Thank you for this great recipe and spotlight on Elemi, I love how versatile it is and that it is a distant relative to Frankincense and Myrrh. Elemi has been on my wishlist for a long time and it will be one of the next PT eos I buy!

  4. I’d never heard of Elemi!! Sounds lovely, and I’ll def have to try it next!
    Could witch hazel be used in place of Everclear? I’ve used that in room refresher sprays as a ‘binding agent’…..

    1. Krista, you can absolutely use Witch Hazel in place of Everclear. You may find that it slightly alters the scent and may not evaporate quite as quickly though.

  5. I’ve had elemi for about a month now and have only used it in my face lotion routine. But at this rate this bottle will last me forever. I’m so happy to find more recipes to use this oil! Would love to see more!

  6. Worked really well in a respiratory blend I made last year when hit with Pneumonia. I am excited to try the linen spray!

  7. I am so glad that I just bought this. I opened it the other day and I already love the scent. I can not wait to try some of the ideas mentioned above.

    1. Everclear is a high proof grain alcohol(If it’s not available in your state, use highest proof grain alcohol you can get in your state)
      This will act as an emulsifier to blend the oils and water for the spray

    1. Everclear is a high proof grain alcohol(If it’s not available in your state, use highest proof grain alcohol you can get in your state)
      This will act as an emulsifier to blend the oils and the water.

  8. What is everclear? I searched and what came up was an alcoholic drink. Why is it used here? Is there a substitute?

    1. Everclear is a high proof grain alcohol(If it’s not available in your state, use highest proof grain alcohol you can get in your state).
      This will act as an emulsifier to blend the oils and water for the spray. If you opt for a different alcohol, it is recommended to be at least 120 proof, or 60% alcohol to also act as preservative.

  9. Love this blog post! I bought Elemi and have only been using it in my lotion. I’m excited to try out some of the other ideas mentioned here.

    1. Everclear is a high proof grain alcohol(If it’s not available in your state, use highest proof grain alcohol you can get in your state)
      This will act as an emulsifier and does not require a preservative.

  10. I have Elemi, and wasn’t really aware of all its wonderful properties. This article gave me some great ideas. I can’t wait to try the anti-aging blend!

  11. I guess I am going to have to get my hands on some Elemi. It’s been on my wishlist for awhile now. This article was very informative. Interested in trying that aphrodisiac linen spray as well.

  12. This sounds wonderful! Unfortunately I don’t have most of these of these oils! 🙁 Might need to put them on my wish list!!

  13. I love Elemi. I use it in by body butter and my skin is so soft. It is also very calming to me, I diffuse it often. It has such a lovely soft citrusy scent.

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