Elemi Essential Oil

Elemi essential oil is spicy and grounding and has been used in Europe for centuries in their facial and skin salves. Elemi is a cousin to myrrh and frankincense (Boswellia carterii) and is often referred to as “the poor man’s frankincense”. as it is a bit easier on the pocket. The Egyptians used Elemi for embalming. Today this essential oil is still a terrific choice for aging skin, fine lines and wrinkles as well as helping with skin tone improvement.  The fragrant influence is supportive of meditation and grounding. Nice to apply after exercise to fatigued muscles.

 Young Living describes Elemi here:

Elemi (Canarium luzonicum) has a spicy, incense-like scent that is soft and somewhat balsamic. A member of the same botanical family as frankincense and myrrh, it has been used traditionally in Europe for the skin. Elemi is highly regarded for reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, skin support, and for soothing muscles after exercise.

Elemi essential oil can be applied on location or via diffuser. Elemi essential oil is also found in Ortho Sport Massage Oil.

Ready to add Elemi essential oil?

I love DIY projects and the control I gain leaving out those “nasty” chemicals in my products, especially one that I am applying to my largest organ, my skin! This moisturizer recipe can be used with a number of different combinations of essential oils to get your desired effects. I love Elemi and of course always love adding lavender for skin related support. Myrrh is an excellent addition as well. Try this out and learn which oil combination you prefer!

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elemi & lav moisturizer


  1. Samatha F. Foster says:

    I just recently got some jojoba oil and decided to make a few roller bottles of jojoba and essential oils. it is so much easier to apply thieves to my spine and bottom of my feet to help protect me during the cold and flu season.

  2. Is this moisturizer for your body or face? Also have you ever used mastrante with elemi in a face cream?

    • You can use it however you choose. I have not used mastrante with elemi. Let me know if you do how you like it.