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C. commune, Manila elemi, Elemi gum, Elemi Resin.
Steam distillation of the gum
Philippine Islands & Moluccas, distillation takes place at source.
A Tropical tree up to 30 meters high, yielding a resinous pathological exudation with green pungent odour. Although it is called gum it is almost entirely made up of resin and essential oil.
A colourless to pale yellow liquid with a light, fresh, balsamic-spicy, lemon like odour.
The gum or oleoresin is used locally for skin care, respiratory complaints and as a general stimulant. Elemi was one of the oils used by the ancient Egyptians during the embalming process.
Blends well with
Myrrh, frankincense, rosemary, lavender, lavandin, sage, cinnamon and other spicy oils.
Cautions and comments
Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing.
Main chemical constituents
Phellandrene, dipentene, elemol, elemicin, terpineol, carvone and terpinolene among others.
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.