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Patchouli (Organic)

Botanical Name:  Pogostemon cablin

Botanical Family:  Labiatae

Place of Origin:  Indonesia

Methods of Extraction:  Steam distillation of the dried leaves of the bushy herb

Scent:  Earthy sweet musky herbaceous aroma

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Indonesia is by far the largest producer of Patchouli and this good quality oil has been imported from Sumatra. It is extensively used in perfumes, combined with a wide variety of other oils.

It is one of the few essential oils that fragrance companies are unable to replace in formulations, making it very susceptible to price fluctuations when in short supply. This oil is unusual in that it that tends to improve with age, like a fine wine.

Properties:  Antibacterial, Anti-infectious, Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, Digestive stimulant, Immune tonic, Aphrodisiac.

Aromatherapy Applications:  aphrodisiac, cell regenerator, dry and mature skin, scars, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhea

Mind & Body:  calming, relaxing, aphrodisiac

Aromatherapist Recommendations:

  • Patchouli is an earthy-sweet, musky and soothing aroma good for relaxation. The oil is dark yellow to amber in colour. It is a well known aphrodisiac and is one of the few essential oils that will improve with age. It also benefits the skin as it promotes tissue repair and has anti-infectious properties..
  • The distinctive aroma of Patchouli makes it familiar to many people and may explain its popularity in perfumes and skincare products.
  • Try blending 1 drop of Patchouli, 1 drop of Geranium and 2 drops of Bergamot in 10ml of Peach Kernel oil to use as a facial oil.
  • A few drops each of Patchouli and Lavender added to an unfragranced handcream or vegetable oil, make a treat for neglected hands and feet.
  • For a sensual massage to soothe the emotions and heighten the senses blend 2 drops Patchouli and 1 drop each of Jasmine and Rose in 10ml of Jojoba oil.
  • Contraindications: Non toxic and non irritant in prescribed doses.
  • Chakra: Base, Sacral & Heart.
  • Chinese Element: Earth (& Fire)


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