Elemi Essential Oil: Benefits, Use, and Side Effects

Elemi Essential Oil

Do you know elemi essential oil has many health benefits? Well, it does! This essential oil is of great importance due to its amazing healing properties.

If you want to know more elemi essential oil in detail then stick to this article.

Elemi Essential Oil

What is Elemi Essential Oil?

This essential oil is extracted from a tree called Canarium luzonicum and it is commonly found in the Philippines. The great thing about this tree is that it is evergreen.

The elemi essential oil is extracted from the resin of the tree using a steam distillation process.

How does Elemi Essential Oil look Like?

This oil is pale yellow in color and has a strong pine and lemony smell.

Elemi Essential Oil Benefits

Given below are some of the benefits of using this oil.

1. Detoxifies The Body

Do you know that most of the health problems occur if the metabolism of the body does not function properly?

Elemi essential oil plays a very vital role in detoxifying the body and keeping it on the right path.

When applied, it is absorbed by the skin pores and stimulates the healthy metabolism, open up the skin pores, and make it breathe better.

2. Good for Skin (Healing Properties)

The elemi oil has amazing skin/wound healing properties due to its antiseptic and antimicrobial nature.

If applied on the wounds it helps them in fast recovery and also boosts the development of new cells.

3. Reduces Pain

Elemi essential oil is very good at reducing muscle and joint pain. Not only this but it is also good at relieving pain from headaches, migraines, earaches, etc.

4. Improves Respiratory Health

If you have congestion, mucus or any other issue during respiration then this oil can help. It is equally well at treating cold, cough, flu, etc.

If you are facing any of the above issues then all you have to do is inhale it.

Now, the question is, HOW?

  • Add a few drops of elemi oil in a bowl of steaming water
  • Cover your head with any cloth (towel) and inhale the vapors
  • Inhale it for at least 3-5 minutes and you will see great improvement
  • Repeat this 1-2 times a day and you will be amazed by the end result

How to Use Elemi Essential Oil

The oil should be used externally in diluted form as the concentrated form of it may not suitable for everyone. So, before applying, make sure you test it on a small patch.

If your skin shows any reaction then instantly wash it with lukewarm water and dilute it with any carrier oil in a 1:1. On the other hand, if your skin is not allergic to it then you can use it in the concentrated form as well.

You can use a cotton ball to apply it to the affected area.

Please Note: Elemi essential oil is strictly not allowed to take internally (ingestion).

Side Effects

Don’t be afraid! There are no such adverse side effects of it but some of the common ones may include:

If your skin is sensitive then it can cause some allergic reactions like irritation, redness, etc (test it on a small patch to see if your skin is allergic to it or not).

Now, what if you have sensitive skin?

Well, you can dilute it with any carrier oil like coconut, almond oil, etc and then apply it.


Following are some precautions that are associated with this oil:

  • Do not ingest the oil
  • Avoid the application of oil near sensitive areas like eyes, genital areas, etc
  • Do not use this oil if you are pregnant or a breastfeeding mother
  • Avoid direct exposure to the oil from sunlight

The Bottom Line!

Elemi essential oil has amazing properties and tons of benefits. It is generally considered safe to use and you can apply it without any risk.

If you are facing certain skin conditions or you are a pregnant woman then it is highly recommended that you consult with your physician before using it.

Lastly, I’d like to say that if you want to know anything about it or want to ask me something then simply use the comment box to do so and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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By Usama (Medical Student)

Usama is a medical student (MD) and loves to share his medical knowledge. He loves to write on different health and medical conditions for a better understanding of a common person. To know more about him visit the About page.

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