Patchouli Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Pogostemon Cablin
Plant Part: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Color: Light golden yellow
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Sandalwood, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Rose, Orange, Sweet, Cassia, and Myrrh.
Aromatic Scent: Rich, complex, spicy, exotic, regenerative, detoxifying, warm, earthy aroma with fresh fruit - like tones.
Practical uses: Patchouli is recognized by aromatherapists as being effective for combating nervous disorders, helping with dandruff, sores, skin irritations and acne. The specific properties include use as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic, antimicrobal, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antitoxic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, nerving, prophylactic, stimulating and tonic agent. In the perfumery industry, it is interesting to note that Patchouli improves with age, and that the aged product is what is preferred over freshly harvested. In aromatherapy, Patchouli is an excellent fixative that can help extend other, more expensive oils.
Description: Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth; also patchouly or pachouli) is a species from the genus Pogostemon and a bushy herb of the mint family, with erect stems, reaching two or three feet (about 0.75 metre) in height and bearing small, pale pink-white flowers. The plant is native to tropical regions of Asia, and is now extensively cultivated in China, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as West Africa. Patchouli is a very fragrant herb with soft oval leaves and square stems and provides an unusual odor that is nonetheless characteristic of patchouli when the leaves are rubbed.
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