Patchouli essential oil
100% pure therapeutic grade
Botanical name: Pogostemon cablin
Plant part: leaves
Extraction method: steam distilled
Description: Patchouli is a very fragrant herb with soft oval leaves and square stems. It grows up to 1m in height and provides an unusual odour that is nonetheless characteristic of patchouli when the leaves are rubbed.
Common uses: Patchouli is recognised by aromatherapists as being effective for combating nervous disorders, helping with dandruff, sores, acne, skin irritations and acne.
The specific properties include use as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobal, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, deodorant, fungicidal, stimulating and tonic agent.
In the perfumery industry, it is interesting to note that patchouli improves with age, and that the aged product is what is preferred over freshly harvested.
In aromatherapy, patchouli is an excellent fixative that can help extend other, more expensive, oils.
Consistency: medium to thick
Strength of aroma: medium
Blends well with: sandalwood, bergamot, cedarwood, rose, sweet orange, cassia, myrrh, opopanax, and clary sage.
Aromatic scent: Patchouli has a warm, earthy aroma with fresh fruit-like tones.
History: It is one of the few essential oils with the distinction of improving with age. 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 is used for scenting carpets, shawls and woven materials, and for perfuming ink.
Cautions: Very potent and not to be used on sensitive skin. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Important note: The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
General safety information: Do not take any oils internally.
Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin.
If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.
It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children.
A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.
Everyday, super simple uses for essential oils
Essential oils are used to fragrance soap (2%-3%), balms (0.5%), skin creams and butters (0.5%).
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