The Essentials Guide: Patchouli

Patchouli. In my experience, people either love it or hate it – there’s no in between.

I personally love it. It is the base for every perfume oil I make for myself. Even when I’m not wearing it, people say they can still smell it on me. I’ve been using it for so long I think it just seeps out of my pores – Ha!

But, there is more to patchouli than scent…

 Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

Patchouli essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the patchouli plant. It has an earthy, spicy, balsamic, slightly sweet aroma with hints of herbaceous and woody notes as well.

It is a base note that blends well with florals and other base notes. But, in my experience, patchouli blends well with a lot of different oils! It is a strong scent that can either overpower a blend or enhance it, so be careful when blending.

A bit of chemistry…

Patchouli is high in sesquiterpenes and sesquiterpenols with one main chemical component – patchoulol.

Patchoulol: Antibacterial, anti fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antitumoral (prevents or inhibits the growth of tumors), sedative, immunostimulant (increases immune response), neuroprotective (preserves neuron structures and their functions).

So, what are the benefits of this well known scent?

Physical Benefits:

  • Can aid in managing minor pain and inflammation.
  • Helps to reduce unwanted bacterial and fungal issues.
  • Boosts a weakened immune system.
  • Helps heal minor scars, sores, and eczema. It is very nourishing to the skin.

Emotional/Energetic Benefits

  • Balances an overactive mind.
  • Reduces anxiety and nervous tension.
  • Grounding, counteracts spacey feelings and brings us back to our body.
  • Can open the heart and the mind.

*Patchouli essential oil is non toxic.

Quick Uses

  • Relaxing bath: Ease tension and get ready for a good nights sleep with a relaxing bath. Add 1-2 drops of Patchouli oil to one tablespoon of liquid castile soap, then add the mixture to your bathwater and soak away the stress of the day!
  • Quick and easy natural perfume: Add 5 drops of Patchouli oil and 2 drops of Rose oil to one ounce of jojoba oil (bonus points if you have vanilla infused jojoba). Apply as you would any perfume.

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I hope you enjoyed learning about Patchouli. And, if you aren’t a fan of the scent, please give it another chance! This month I want to show everyone how beneficial this oil really is.

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