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Essential Oil Spotlight: Patchouli


Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin) is steam-distilled from the leaves and flowers of the plant. This oil is recognized by its earthy, herbaceous, sweet-balsamic, and rich aroma. Patchouli primarily affects the skin.

Patchouli contains anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic, antitoxic, astringent, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, insecticidal, stimulant (digestive), and tonic health properties. Aromatically, it is sedating, calming, and relaxing, even reducing anxiety in some cases. Patchouli may also have an influence on sex and physical energy.

Anciently, patchouli was used by Asians to fight infection, cool fevers, tone the skin, and as an antidote for insect and snake bites. Today, common uses of patchouli include allergies (skin), bug repellent, dermatitis/eczema, hemorrhoids, insect repellent, jock itch, snake bites, and wrinkles. Other possible uses include acne, appetite, cellulite, congestion, dandruff, depression, hives, skin conditions (chapped; tightens loose skin), water retention, weight reduction, and wrinkles.

Safety Data: Patchouli has been approved by the FDA as safe for human consumption and can be used as a flavoring agent. It is safe to use during pregnancy and with children over 6 years old when diluted.

Ways to Use Patchouli Essential Oil:

  1. Bath salts are a great way to relax while absorbing the benefits of essential oil. Add 10 drops patchouli, 7 drops cypress, and 3 drops rose to 1 cup (250 g) epsom salt, and mix thoroughly. Add the salts to your bath by mixing under the running tap of warm water.
  2. Roll-on blends make applying oils so simple! Just add the oils, and fill the remainder of the bottle with your favorite carrier oil. Here are some blends using patchouli that you can try out! These blends should be mixed with 2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil and placed in a 10 ml roll-on bottle.
    Calm the Nerves
    5 drops patchouli
    4 drops rose
    2 drops neroli
    Emotional Balance
    5 drops patchouli
    4 drops orange
    2 drops geranium
    4 drops orange
    3 drops tangerine
    2 drops patchouli
    Sweet Dreams
    4 drops lavender
    3 drops neroli
    2 drops patchouli
    1 drop ylang ylang

  3. Patchouli is amazing in lotions, creams, and massage oils because of its powerful effects on the skin. Try some of these recipes to get you started.
    Calming Massage Oil
    3 drops patchouli
    2 drops orange
    1 drop frankincense
    2 tsp. (10 ml) jojoba oil
    Combine the essential oils with the jojoba oil, and lightly massage into your skin.
    Anti-Itch Foot Cream
    6 drops patchouli
    2 drops lavender
    2 drops tea tree
    1 oz. (25 ml) fractionated coconut oil
    Combine these ingredients in a 1 oz. plastic bottle, and rub onto feet whenever necessary.
  4. Patchouli has some great aromatic benefits, making it a diffuser essential! Its great ability to help us calm dawn and relax makes this diffuser blend complete. Simply diffuse this around bedtime to help you and the whole family get more of that beauty rest!
  5. Create a room spray to enhance your meditation by adding 6 drops lavender, 6 drops cedarwood, 4 drops frankincense, and 4 drops patchouli to 1 oz. (25 ml) water and 1 tsp. (5 ml) witch hazel. Place these ingredients in a 1 oz. spray bottle, and shake to combine. Spray around the room, and begin your meditation and relaxation routine.

Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, p. 123.
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson.

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