Common Name Patchouli

Botanical Name:  Pogostemon cablin

Family:  Lamiaceae / Labiatae

Class:  antimicrobial

Composition:  100% Pure Patchouli Essential Oil

Origin:  Southeast Asia

Method of Extraction Steam Distilled

Cultivation / Harvesting:  Wild Harvest

Plant Part:  Dried leaves

Color clear, amber

Consistency Thin

Properties:   anti-arthritic, antibacterial, anti-cancer (against colorectal cancer cells), antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-influenza, antimicrobial (strong), antiphlogistic (when inflammation is due to fever), antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant, cytopylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, insecticidal, neuroprotective, sedative, and tonic.

Chakras Affected Heart Chakra

Constituents:  α-patchoulene, α-guaiene, α-bulnesene, β-patchoulene, β-farnesene, β-germacrene, β-patchoulene, caryophyllene, eugenol, norpatchoulenol, patchouli alcohol (aldehydes, benzoic, cadinene, cinnamic, evenol,  cadinene, luglviol, patchoulol, phenol) norpatchoulenol, seychellene, pogostol, and pogostone

Historical uses:  As a perfume and is found in scented products such as paper towels, laundry detergents and air fresheners.  Used as an all-purpose insect repellent and claimed to repel the Formosan subterranean termite.  It has been proven that patchouli can prevent female moths from adhering to males.  During the 18th and 19th centuries, patchouli was packed into silk clothes to prevent moths from laying eggs. Patchuli is also used as an herbal tea and in some countries, it is also used as a vegetable or as seasoning.  Associated with love and money.  To stimulate the release of pleasure hormones (serotonin and dopamine).  Patchouli protects wounds and ulcers from becoming more serious (septic).  Patchouli alcohol (a constituent of patchouli) has neuroprotective, anti-influenza, and anti-inflammatory activities.

Safety & Side effects:  Wellness Warrior always recommends diluting essential oils before using directly on the skin.

Interactions:  none known of

Recommended Use:  

  • Aromatherapeutically for depression, feelings of sadness or loss, and as a stress reducer
  • Aromatically as a perfume or as an insect repellent
  • Use for skin imperfections.  Effective at removing skin blemishes from acne, pox and measles
  • To balance emotions
  • Combine with peppermint and a carrier oil and apply to the temples or back of the neck to reduce stress
  • Is safe to use topically with a carrier oil on skin, wrinkles, blemishes or in a moisturizer
  • Mix one drop in a carrier (coconut, jojoba, almond) oil of your choice, then apply to the bottoms of the feet or desired area
  • Sedative properties aren't just limited to relaxing the mind, body, or spirit.  Patchouli is effective in soothing inflammatory conditions and inflammed areas of the body. For example, using patchouli may calm convulsions in eplipetic persons that result from hypersensitivity of the nerves.  It is also effective at soothing allergic reactions due to hypersensitivity.  The sedative properties are effective against insomnia
  • Bring a little love to your bedroom! Patchouli has been effective against sexual problems including disinterest in sex, erectile dysfunction, frigidity, impotence, loss of libido, and sexual anxiety.  Stimulates estrogen and testosterone
  • Topically can be used to speed the healing of cuts and wounds and to keep scars from forming
  • Fever reduction - place a few drops on a hot, wet towel and place over forehead or at the base of the neck to reduce fever
  • Effective against athlete's foot and other fungal infections.  When inhaled, may provide adequate respiratory relief if systemic fungal infection is suspected

Notes:  Can be used as an all-purpose insect repellent.  Improves with age.

Aromatherapy Notes

Perfumery note:  base

Appearance:  clear, light-amber

Aroma earthy, heavy, musky, rich, smoky, spicy, strong

Strength of initial aroma:  Medium

Blends well with:  bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, cinnamon, clove, corriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, mandarin, myrrh, neroli, oakmoss, opopanax, orange, peppermint, rose, sandalwodd, vetiver, and vetiver & cinnamon

Able to be Diffused?  YES - place 3-4 drops in water and diffuse



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