Elemi Materia Medica


In addition to its use as an embalming agent, elemi has long been valued as an herbal medicine. In this reference, elemi is considered to exert the following actions and to be specific for the following symptoms: Actions: analgesic, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, cicatrizant, expectorant, fungicidal, immuno-protectant, stimulant, tonic, vulnerary; Symptoms: fevers with chills; postpartum complications; skull fracture [reported by Nicholas Culpeper]; arthritis; rheumatism; burns; indolent sores; abscesses; boils; furuncles; wounds; scar tissue.

On a psycho-spiritual level, elemi is considered to be healing, calming, grounding, revitalizing and uplifting, capable of restoring hope during stressful periods in life. The oil is thought to balance the upper and lower chakras, strengthen thought and psychic capacity, focus the mind during meditation, aid in the development of knowledge and encourage creative visualization, compassion and a sense of peace.

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17 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Miasm: Tubercular
Sefirah: Netzach
Constitutional Type: Mixed Neurasthenia/Hysteria
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and historical perspectives; herbal medicine and aromatherapy; elestial quartz; kidneys, astral body, etheric body, liver, air organism; mixed neurasthenia/hysteria; Tubercular miasm; Netzach.


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