Patchouli is an aromatic, perennial shrub with large green, furry leaves and white-pink flowers. Patchouli is native to Malaysia and India, where it is known as ‘puchaput’. The essential oil is steam distilled from the dried, fermented, young leaves of the Patchouli plant.
Patchouli has long been used in perfumes and deodorants, and to protect clothes and carpets from insect damage. Historically Patchouli leaves were placed between Indian cashmere shawls en route to Victorian England, to protect the merchandise from moths. In the East, it is still used in potpourri’s and in scented sachets placed between linen, to keep bedbugs away. Patchouli essential oil is often associated with the hippie era of the 1960’s and early 70’s, as it was widely used as a perfume to mask the unpleasant smell of Afghan coats and to disguise the aroma of marijuana.
Safety Note: Non-toxic.
Skin: Patchouli is excellent in skincare. It helps to regenerate healthy, new skin cells, heal wounds and reduce scarring. It is also good for rough, cracked and dehydrated skin. Patchouli helps to reduce inflammation and is beneficial for dermatitis, acne, eczema, sores, ulcers, fungal infections and scalp disorders such as dandruff. It can also be used to treat insect bites and as an insect repellent.
Mind: Patchouli is soothing, stabilizing and slightly hypnotic. It is beneficial for treating stress, depression and anxiety. It helps balance the emotions and combats lethargy. It can help ground and center people who are prone to day dreams and is also good for meditation for calming ‘mental chatter’.
Body: Patchouli has excellent diuretic properties and can be beneficial for reducing water retention and the appearance of cellulite. It is also reputed to be a powerful aphrodisiac.
Blends well with: Frankincense, Clove, Bergamot, Myrrh