Patchouli Essential Oil: Its Properties and Uses

Patchouli, Pogostemon Patchouli,  is a love it or hate it essential oil. It is often called the “Hippie Oil” as it was worn in the 60’s by the flower power crowd. Some say the musky, earth smell of Patchouli helped to disguise the smell of illegal substances…….

Patchouli is grown in Malaysia, Indonesia, India and China. The plant is a perennial bushy herb and the part used for the oil is the dried leaves, which are usually subjected to fermentation.

Patchouli blends well with Sandalwood (if you can get some), Ylang Ylang, Geranium,  Frankincense, Rose and Lavender. This is not a definitive list. Part of the fun of Aromatherapy is experimenting with the different oils to see what works for you.

Patchouli is an uplifting oil and may help anxiety and depression. It is also a very grounding oil…maybe that was the reason the hippies wore it…to keep their feet on the ground while the rest of them were high…..

Some say that Patchouli helps in cases of psychotherapy as it helps to access distant memories.

Patchouli may assist in healing rough cracked skin, sores, scars and wounds. Do not apply neat to the skin (except as a dab of perfume)  but use in a compress, oil, lotion or cream. Please refer to my section Safe Use of Essential Oils.

Patchouli may also be helpful in cases of acne, eczema, fungal infections and scalp disorders.

Patchouli is available to buy here online 10ml £4.30

This page is for information only and should not replace medical advice.

Bibliography: The complete guide to aromatherapy by Salvatore Battista

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