Posted on 13th Aug 2014
Patchouli oil is extracted from the dried leaves. Its scientific name is Pogostemon cablin (1). You can notice that the oil is deep orange in color. This type of oil has aged already because the newly extracted ones are clear to yellow-green in color. In the perfume industry, the deep orange is more preferred than the clearer ones. If you would see Patchouli, it is a shrub with all of its parts smelling fragrant. It is found in Indonesia and other parts of Asia. In the 1960’s it is used as a hippie perfume. In Asia, it has been used as aphrodisiac. In India, it is used as moth repellent on wool clothes and carpets. It is also used as perfume base or fixative.
Patchouli’s woody scent is used not just as perfume base/fixative, moth repellent, and aphrodisiac, but also as anti-inflammatory and as a good help to mentally focus. As anti-inflammatory, it can be used to counteract itching due to dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, and tinea. Just apply 3 drops of patchouli oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier/ base oil to the affected area, three times a day. Observe if the itching disappears. To counteract anxiety or to regain mental focus, apply a drop of patchouli to your collarbones or vaporize 3 drops of it to make the room filled with its fragrance.
(1) Bowles, E.J. (2003). The A to Z of Essential Oils What They Are Where They Come From How They Work. NY: Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.