Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli)
Patchouli essence has a musky, woody and slightly spicy fragrance. Patchouli oil kills germs and fights fungus, so it’s great for helping with infections and body odour. Inhaling Patchouli essential oil encourages the release of dopamine and serotonin, which help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety and leave you feeling comforted and and tranquil.
What does Patchouli oil smell like?
An earthy, heady and musky scent which evokes images of the orient. Patchouli gets better with age, becoming sweeter as the sour element of the oil wears off.
Little known fact: Favoured by the hippies and fun-lovers of the 60’s, patchouli is the only fragrance that can mask the scent of cannabis.
Where does Patchouli oil originate from?
A member of the labiatae genus and closely related to Lavender, Mint and Sage, Pogostemon Patchouli is a small bushy herb native to tropical regions of asia, such as Thailand and the Philippines. Patchouli can grow up to three feet tall, and produces fragrant, delicate pink flowers. To extract Patchouli essential oil, the leaves of the plant are distilled to break the cell walls. This can also be done by drying or fermenting the leaves, which makes it easier to export.
What are the properties of Patchouli oil
Patchouli essential oil has cooling properties and can cool down your skin if applied topically with a carrier oil. Reputed to be an aphrodisiac, Patchouli essential oil also has the following properties:
Patchouli essential oil can help the following ailments:
- Anxiety and depression
- Athletes foot
- Cracked Skin
- Fluid retention
How to use Patchouli oil
Being a strong aphrodisiac, Patchouli essential oil stimulates your sense and can do wonders for a waning sex drive. Try adding a few drops to your diffuser or oil burner to really turn up the heat and increase your libido. Patchouli is also reputed to help with erectile dysfunction, as the fragrance stimulates hormones.
Patchouli oil is great for preventing hair loss, add a few drops to your shampoo for strong, gorgeous-smelling tresses even Rapunzel would envy.
Turn your clothes into a fragrant and natural insect repellent by simply adding a few drops of patchouli to your laundry detergent.
For a natural alternative to deodorant, mix 1-2 drops of oil with half a teaspoon of your favourite lotion and rub under your armpits.
Patchouli oil recipes
Restorative Body Oil Blend
Do your mind and body both need a pamper? This blend will help nourish your skin, while Patchouli and Bergamot eases stress while lifting the spirits. It’s perfect for when you’re feeling a little lost, or in need of a pick me up. Simply mix the essential oils together first then add the carrier oil. By mixing the essences first, it allows time for the fragrances to blend properly, creating a synergetic fusion and a treat for your nostrils.
- 2 drops Patchouli
- 3 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Bergamot
- 3 teaspoons of carrier oil
While you’re taking the time out to really pamper yourself, why not take the time to quietly repeat a positive affirmation to yourself? For this blend, we would recommend an positive and happy affirmation.
“I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.”
Homemade Anti-Ageing Serum
There are many expensive and well-known anti-ageing brands out there that all claim to turn back the hands of time and erase fine lines and wrinkles. More often than not these products contain chemicals and synthetics that may feel fantastic on your skin, but don’t necessarily do all the good that they claim. While we’re not claiming to perform miracles, here’s a antioxidant essential oil blend containing oils that will hydrate and nourish your skin, through delivering vital nutrients without containing harsh, unpronounceable chemicals.
To make your own serum, and to feel like your channeling Laurie Cabot, simply mix the following ingredients together and store in a dark glass bottle. Like most things, you need to stow your essential oil serum in a cool dark place. Use every morning and night on your face and neck and décolletage after cleansing and toning. Apply liberally as a little goes a long way!
- ½ tablespoon jojoba oil
- ½ tablespoon evening primrose Oil
- ½ tablespoon pomegranate oil
- 5-10 drops patchouli
- 15 drops vitamin E
- 20 drops lavender oil or frankincense oil
- 10 drops carrot seed oil
Essential oils to compliment Patchouli oil
- Citrus essences
- Clary sage
Anything to note?
Keep out of reach of children. Seek medical advice before using if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Store in a cool, dark place. Do not ingest. Do not use directly on the skin without diluting. As Patchouli oil is a sedative, avoid using in large amounts as this can have a negative effect on your energy levels.