Essential Oil of Elemi
Plant description: An evergreen tree that produces fruit the size of plums with nuts inside and sprouts leaves that produce a pale yellow resin
Part of plant used for essential oil: Resin from the leaves
Extraction method: Steam
Main Chemical Constituents: Terpineol (Alcohol) Elemicine (Phenol), Elemol (Sesquiterpene), Dipentene, Limonene, Phellandrene (Terpenes)
PRECAUTIONS: Irritating to sensitive skins
PROPERTIES: Analgesic, Antiviral, Bacteriacide, Balsamic, Expectorant, Fungicide, Tonic, Vulnerary
Immune System: Stimulates the immune system which can be helpful at the start of an illness to fortify the body in fighting disease.
Mental/Emotional: Instills a feeling of peace with its grounding affect and is useful as a nervine sedative.
Respiratory system: Regulates catarrh symptoms and eases congestion of the lungs by controlling excess mucus.
Urinary system: Helps stem overflow of bodily secretions like perspiration. Has a tonic and clearing affect on the urinary system.
Skin care: Similar to Myrrh, it has a cooling and drying affect on the skin. Helpful for skin ulcers, fungal growths, and infected wounds. Could help balance sebum.
About this essential oil: Popular in Europe since the 25th century, and still employed in medical preparations and pharmceuticals.