Essential oils distilled from resins have some very special qualities.
Resins are produced by certain trees, such as Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) and Opopanax (Commiphora guidotti). Wounding the tree stimulates the production of resin to protect and seal the wound
We can think of this as the tree drawing on deep inner resources to heal itself. It’s such a beautiful metaphor for the way resin essential oils can affect us!
Most resin essential oils are skin-loving, and they’re often used in body butters for preventing or reducing scars. They are great for everyday protection and nourishment, for old wounds, and for more acute needs (like sore muscles or insect bites and stings).
They’re also useful for supporting respiratory health. I love them in cold and flu blends, and have a few recipes including Frankincense in my video class, “How to Protect Your Family from Colds and Flu.” (This class teaches you to use five key essential oils to make a variety of blends that can help you and your family stay healthy when viruses are floating around. It’s three hours long, and when you purchase the class you can watch it as many times as you like!)
Resin essential oils are also popular for meditation.
They can help our minds feel calm, centered, and open. This is a particularly useful time for our deep inner resources to heal us, and oils such as Frankincense, Opopanax, and Elemi really help us tap into those.
Here’s a diffuser blend you can try while you’re meditating, journaling, or doing yoga:
- 5 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
- 2 drops Opopanax (Commiphora guidotti)
- 3 drops Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
If you don’t have one of the oils in this blend, don’t worry—you can substitute another resin oil, and still get the effects of the blend.
Have you ever used Elemi?
This is a special resin, in my opinion, because it doesn’t appear after the tree is wounded. Instead, it emerges naturally as the tree’s leaves sprout. I like to think of Elemi as offering us access to inner strength in response to new growth, as opposed to a wounding.
If you like this blend, go ahead and make yourself a stock bottle of it! Just multiply the recipe by five, so you’ll have 50 drops of essential oil total, and put it in a 5 ml glass stock bottle. Now you can use it more than once!