The patchouli plant belongs to the same family as lavender, mint and sage. For centuries, it’s been used for its medicinal and spiritual properties. Even today, patchouli essential oil is a real all-rounder thanks to its sedative qualities and stimulating scent.
Patchouli essential oil uses
With the power to transform anything from the energy in a room to our mood, patchouli essential oil has countless uses in our everyday lives.
When diffused, patchouli has a calming effect on our emotions, making it a great oil to burn before heading to bed. Thanks to its mood-balancing properties, it is often added to the bedside diffuser by those looking for undisturbed sleep.
Adding a few drops of patchouli essential oil to your diffuser can also aid meditation. The earthy, grounding fragrance of patchouli can help to escape feelings of depression and awaken the base chakra. With an earthy, slightly musky scent, patchouli oil helps to heal the spirit and protect us from negative emotions.
Those who love to create their own oil blends will always have a bottle of patchouli to hand. Patchouli oil blends well with many essential oils, including lavender, geranium, bergamot, sandalwood, rose and clary sage. A favourite addition to homemade soaps, patchouli often provides a sophisticated scent to an essential oil recipe.
Patchouli essential oil benefits
Although the patchouli plant is naturally scentless, its oil has an intoxicating fragrance once distilled from its shade-dried leaves. It may smell sweet, but the benefits of patchouli are almost too many to mention.
For one thing, patchouli oil’s aroma is often used for its sedative effects. It can be diffused or blended with a carrier oil for topical application and used to relax the muscles before bedtime. Those struggling with feelings of depression often turn to patchouli essential oil for its uplifting powers, inhaling the fragrance to banish sadness and rebalance the mind.
It is also used in skincare routines. Thanks to its cleansing properties, patchouli oil is used to treat skin problems such as acne, blemishes and to reduce the signs of ageing. The topical use of patchouli helps to restore a youthful glow to the skin while reducing the appearance of imperfections.
It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it perfect for use in homemade soaps. When added to baths, patchouli oil can help to soothe the symptoms of common coughs and colds, and its mood-boosting scent helps to beat winter blues and ease a troubled mind.
Thanks to its antiseptic properties, patchouli is also used to encourage hair growth and to reduce dandruff. In fact, this essential oil has been used in alternative medicine to prevent hair loss for generations.
Looking for a natural way to soothe your body and mind? Our latest blog post “Aromatherapy with Patchouli Essential Oil: Calming Your Mind and Body” is the perfect read for you. In it, we explore the calming benefits of this essential oil and how it can help you relax, unwind, and feel balanced in your daily life.”
|Botanical name||Pogostemon cablin|
|Colour||Deep golden brown|
|Consistency||Medium to thick|
|Strength of aroma||Medium|
|Aromatic scent||Patchouli has a warm, earthy aroma with fresh fruity tones|