Essential Oils Philippines – ELEMI

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Essential Oils Philippines - This essential oil is native to the Philippines. It is wildcrafted in the southern part of Luzon especially in Bicol region and is extracted from the resin of the Canarium tree (Pili) and is often called “Manila Elemi”. Now there is another oil produced out from the fruits of the Pili tree (Canarium ovatum) via distillation.

The Manila Elemi has a fresh, lemony, woody and spicy aroma.

Elemi is mostly used in making perfumes like that of Chanel, Dior, Ralph Lauren, etc. for their exotic blend. And it is also used by other international brands in their skin care products too.


ELEMI essential oil

Scientific Name: Canarium luzonicum
Extraction Method: Distillation
Part of Plant Used: Resin
Restrictions: 1% limit on rinse off products; up to 3% on single use per day products

Scientific Name: Canarium ovatum
Extraction Method: Distillation
Part of Plant Used: Resin
Restrictions: None known

Currently the demand for Elemi essential oil of Canarium ovatum is quite low. Due to the lack of awareness of the difference between Canarium ovatum and Canarium luzonicum, resin harvested from both species are sometimes mixed with each other.


History of Elemi

The word elemi has been used at various times to denote different resins. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the term usually denoted a resin from trees of the genus Icica in Brazil, and before that it meant the resin derived from Boswellia frereana.

"The name Elemi is derived from an Arabic phrase meaning 'above and below', an abbreviation of 'As above, so below' and this tells us something about its action on the emotional and spiritual planes."


Elemi essential oil is thought to be a cousin of Frankincense and Myrrh. The latter oils are known to be a bit pricey because of their rarity and demand which both have the ability to rejuvenate and restore healthy skin.

Elemi Oil has wonderful aromatherapy applications and is known to be grounding and balancing, thus making it a useful oil for meditation. Elemi Oil can also help soothe overexerted muscles after exercising or a long, stressful day.


Botanical Family 


Fragrance Group

Resinous, woody, spicy



Middle to Base


Deeply soothing and reassuring, priest-like.


Uses of Elemi


It is often used to reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the face. It is regarded as an anti-aging ingredient and can help those with acne issues. Works fine in reducing scarring.  Just like lemon, it can repair damaged skin and even firms and brightens it.


Great to diffuse the essential oils to manage stress and while doing yoga or meditation. It has both grounding and balancing qualities. It does have tonic properties that keep diseases away naturally. It can be used as a potent stimulant to the nervous system and works as anti-inflammatory too effective to soothe muscles and joints.



– In a nebuliser or oil burner
– In massage
– In baths or inhalation


Grapefruit, Bergamot, Frankincense and Lavender.



Elemi essential oil can be irritating to sensitive skin, so it should not be used on the skin without proper dilution. Topical application must always be blended with a carrier oil first before applying onto skin.


No! Elemi is NOT KidSafe


Dilution instructions:

To relieve sore muscles, blend a few drops with a carrier oil and massage on to affected areas.

Diffusion instructions:

Add a few drops to your diffuser and diffuse for 30 minutes during a yoga or meditation session.


Recommended Recipe:


Anti-aging blend (30 ml)

2 drops Elemi

2 drops Lavender

2 drops Neroli

Add carrier oils like grapeseed and jojoba or argan oil or rosehip oil.

Facial Care

1 drop Elemi to your face cream or lotion.

*Do not add one more drop, apply it every 2 days only.

Body care 30 ml:

4 drops to your body lotion or carrier oil.

Suggested carrier oil: jojoba


Aroma Substitutes for Elemi Essential Oil

Frankincense, myrrh, and pine

Therapeutic Substitutions for Elemi Essential Oil

Respiratory system – Monarda, frankincense, myrrh, hyssop

Calm chesty breathing – hyssop, myrtle, benzoin

Clear the airways – Eucalyptus, myrrh, hyssop

Muscular Fatigue – black pepper, juniper, ginger

Specific skin therapeutic use – tea tree, cinnamon

Skin healing – helichrysum, myrrh, galbanum, lavender, chamomile, tea tree

Fatigue – mandarin, bergamot, helichrysum


*This article is written with confidence by a Certified Essential Oil Specialist.


Our Certified Essential Oil Specialist supports the suggestions above are safe given the quantities of the essential oils.  DO NOT EXCEED dosage to what's been recommended above. As unique as we all are, some essential oils or blends might work for you, some may not work for others. Each will have a different experience. So please take note and experiment "safely" on what works for you.

Should you be seeking medical cure or treatment, please contact a doctor immediately and refer to their prescribed medications.

The use of essential oils whether aromatically, topically or internally is NEVER a cure to illnesses or diseases. It should not be intended for use in the mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.  It is just supplementary or complementary to orthodox medicines. And is dependent to the client's wishes to use the Holistic Approach in healing.

Any products or brands mentioned above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

If unsure or in doubt about what essential oils to use, always consult or refer to a Certified Essential Oil Specialist here.



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