Elemi resinoid and elemi oil are used as fixatives and fragrance components in soaps, detergents, creams, lotions and perfumes with a maximum use level in perfumes of 0.6%.
It has analgesic, antiseptic, expectorant, stomachic and tonic properties and its spicy, balsamic aroma blends well with myrrh, frankincense, rosemary, lavender, lavandin, lemon and other citrus.
In Arabic, elemi means “above and below which has spiritual connotations so psychologically, it is often used to balance the spiritual and worldly life.
On the physiological level it is helpful in getting wounds to close, as well as being helpful in easing congestion and in controlling excessive mucus. It is thought to activate the immune system and energize people suffering from physical fatigue.
Contraindications:. Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic. May cause contact dermatitis in hypersensitive individuals.
Albert Y. Leung & Steven Foster , Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients used in Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics, John Wiley & Sons, 1996
Beverley Hawkins, Aromatherapy 201 Course 1999 revised 2000…2011
Elemi is covered in the Aromatherapy 201 Course
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