Patchouli Oil








patchouli  Pogostemon cablin

Patchouli oil is one of the few essential oils with the distinction of improving with age. It comes from a bushy herb belonging to the mint family that bears small pale pink-white flowers.

It possibly originated in Malaysia although the word apparently comes from the south Indian Tamil language, patch, meaning “green,” and ilai meaning “leaf.”

As well as for perfume and medicine, patchouli oil is used for scenting carpets, shawls and woven materials, and for perfuming ink. It was the scent of the hippie generation as it was popular during the 60’s and 70’s, frequently used to cover up the scent of burning marijuana. During the 18th and 19th centuries the silk traders packed their silk material with dried herb to prevent moths from laying eggs on the material as they traveled to the Middle East from China. It’s said that Queen Victoria used this herb in her linen chests.

Externally patchouli oil a good tonic for veins. The oil is also used as a hair conditioner for dreadlocks. In addition, it makes a good insect repellent.

Quwwat Ul Islam Mosque, Delhi, India
Quwwat Ul Islam Mosque, Delhi, India

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Botanical Name - Pogostemon cablin

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Leaves

Note Classification - Base

Aroma - Earthy, smoky, spicy, and musky

Largest Producing Countries - Indonesia, India, China, and Malaysia

Traditional Use - Patchouli oil is extensively used in cosmetic preparations, and as a fixative in soaps and perfumes.

Properties - Antibiotic, antidepressant, anti-emetic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antitoxic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, calmative, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, decongestant, deodorant, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, nervine, prophylactic, sedative, stomachic, and tonic.

Benefits - Acne, anxiety, athlete’s foot, bacterial infections, constipation, cracked and chapped skin, dandruff, depression, dermatitis, dry skin, eczema (weeping), edema, frigidity, fungal infections, helps eliminate toxins, impetigo, insect repellant and bites, nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions, obesity, oily hair and skin, open pores, parasites, ringworm, sagging skin, stress-related emotional disorders, substance addictions, uterine tonic, wrinkles, and wounds.

Blends Well With - Bergamot, black pepper, cassia, cedarwood, chamomile german, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, labdanum, lavender, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, mandarin, myrrh, neroli, oakmoss, opopanax, orange, rose, sandalwood, and vetiver, and yuzu.

Safety Data - Patchouli oil is non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.

The Gong of Angklung Kocok, Ubud Region, Island of Bali, Indonesia, Southeast Asia
The Gong of Angklung Kocok, Ubud Region, Island of Bali, Indonesia, Southeast Asia

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Barbier, Bruno
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