Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)


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Canarium luzonicum, commonly known as elemi, is a tree native to the Philippines. The oleoresin harvested from it is also known as elemi.

Elemi resin is a pale yellow substance, of honey-like consistency. Aromatic elemi oil is steam distilled from the resin. It is a fragrant resin with a sharp pine and lemon-like scent. One of the resin components is called amyrin.

Elemi resin is chiefly used commercially in varnishes and lacquers, and certain printing inks. It is used as a herbal medicine to treat bronchitis, catarrh, extreme coughing, mature skin, scars, stress, and wounds. The constituents include phellandrene, limonene, elemol, elemicin, terpineol, carvone, and terpinolene.

The seed kernels are used for food, both raw and cooked. An edible oil can be extracted from the seeds, and the pulp can be stewed but is somewhat insipid. The young shoots can be boiled and eaten as a vegetable.

Ingredients: Canarium Commune Gum Oil

Botanical name: Canarium luzonicum

Common name: Elemi

Plant part: Resin

Extraction method: Steam distilled

Common uses: In skin care, Elemi oil has been known to be beneficial for wrinkles, damaged and aged skin.

Note: Middle

Strength of aroma: Medium

Aromatic scent: Fresh, lemon-like, peppery aroma.

Caution: Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising. Avoid during pregnancy.

Blends Well With

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Eucalyptus – Australiana (Eucalyptus radiata)
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata)
Galbanum (Ferula gummosa)
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Labdanum Absolute (Cistus ladaniferus)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lemon (Citrus limon)
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Orange – Sweet (Citrus sinensis)
Plai (Zingiber cassumunar)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Aromatic Families

Resinous, Woody


Bright, fresh, green/lemony, peppery/spicy aroma at first reminiscent of Frankincense with an exceptional drydown of fine woody-green, sweet balsamic, somewhat peppery undertones.

Aromatic Note


Certificate of Analysis


Possible skin sensitisation.

Additional information

Bottle Size

5mL, 10mL, 50mL, 100mL


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