About Patchouli Essential Oil

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For many of us, the smell of patchouli oil makes you think of hippies. But beyond the unique aroma that’s associated with the “flower children”, patchuli has a wealth of benefits that can soothe and heal you from the inside out.

Patchouli oil is a great all round essential oil. It is produced from the handpicked leaves of the Pogostemon Cablin perennial herb that grows wild and originated in Southeast Asia, Java, and Sumatra. Today, it is mostly cultivated in China, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines, but also grows in South America and other tropical regions like Hawaii.

It is part of the same family as lavender, sage, and mint. After harvesting, the leaves of the patchouli plant are left to ferment before using a steam distillation process to produce this distinctive and highly aromatic essential oil.

Unlike most essential oils that oxidize and diminish in therapeutic and aromatic quality over time, Patchouli essential oil improves with age like a fine wine.

Easily recognized for its rich, musky-sweet fragrance, Patchouli is regularly used in the perfume industry as well as in scented products such as laundry detergents and air fresheners. It is beneficial to the skin in many ways and is often used to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and minor skin imperfections and to promote a smooth, glowing complexion. The fragrance of Patchouli provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions.

Please note that the FDA does not regulate essential oils. This means that I cannot make any specific claims about or imply that essential oils cure or should be used to treat any diseases or other health conditions. I am not doing that by providing this information.

All  information is pulled from reputable sources and studies. Links are provided so that you can make an educated and informed decision as a responsible adult.

Common Uses

  • Combine with Peppermint and apply to the forehead, temples, or back of the neck after a long day of work.
  • Apply one to two drops to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, or problem skin areas, or add to your favorite moisturizer.
  • Combine with Vetiver and apply to the bottoms of feet to help calm emotions.

Directions for Use

  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.

Botanical Name: Pogostemon cablin
Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Part Typically Used: Leaves
Color: Deep Golden Brown
Consistency: Medium – Thick
Perfumery Note: Base
Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
Aromatic Description: Rich, earthy, woody aroma with a nearly hidden fruity note.
Main Chemical Components: Patchouli alcohol, α-Bulnesene, α-Guaiene