23 November 2008

This is a scent people tend to either love or hate. It is earthy, with an aroma that improves with age. This particular Patchouli is dark, warm, well-aged, and has been loved by folks that never before have appreciated this wonderful plant. It has a fantastic, deep aroma not often found in other oils that may a little younger.

Patchouli oil is used as a base note and fixative in perfumery, being a component in many famous perfumes. As a fixative, it slows the evaporation of other, more volatile oils so that their aroma may be released over a longer period of time. A little can be used in natural perfume blends, adding that special deep and earthy aroma.

As a crop, the leaves of the plant are hand picked two or three times a year, with the best oil-producing plant being harvested in the wet season. Leaves are dried for three days and partially fermented before distillation of the oil. The oil has been used in India for years for medicinal purposes, but chiefly as an aphrodisiac and to perfume cloth.

Botanical Name
Pogostemon cablin

Origin
Indonesia and India

Color
Light yellow to dark brown

Consistency/Viscosity
Thick

Aroma
Rich musky-sweet, strong spicy and herbaceous smell

Extraction Method
Patchouli oil is obtained from the steam distillation of the leaves of the odoriferous plant

Constituents and Chemical Composition
B-patchoulene, a-guaiene, caryophyllene, a-patchoulene, seychellene, a-bulnesene, norpatchoulenol, patchouli alcohol and pogostol

Therapeutic Properties
Antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, sedative and tonic

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • It is effective for fungal and bacterial infection and is of great help for insect bites. It could also be used as an insect repellant
  • It is effective in fighting water retention and to break up cellulite, easing constipation and helps in reducing weight
  • It helps when feeling hot and bothered, while cooling down inflammations, also assisting with wound healing
  • This oil is one of the best tissue regenerator, which helps in stimulating the growth of new skin cells
  • It promotes faster healing and also, but also helps to prevent ugly scars of the wounds
  • Patchouli oil is used to treat acne, eczema, sores, ulcers, any fungal infections, and scalp disorders as well
  • Can offer support in cases of acne, Oily skin, scalp disorders, cracked skin, cellulite
  • Has traditionally been used as a tonic and stimulant. Energetically, this oil is considered warm in nature. It may help ground and stabilize the the overanxious mind, bringing one back to one's body
  • Long considered an aphrodisiac, it may work through this relaxing, re-establishing connection to one's sensuality
  • The aroma may also uplift and work as an antidepressant for some, and has been considered to bring about a sense of spiritual nourishment
  • As if this were not enough, Patchouli is thought to be a bringer of prosperity and abundance
Precaution
It is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing, but the smell of patchouli oil may be a little persistent for some people and large doses may cause loss of appetite in some individuals. Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician

Blend With
Sandalwood, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Orange, Myrrh and Clary sage.
Geranium, Lavender, Ginger, and Ylang-Ylang. Rosemary, Vetiver, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lemongrass

Recipe

For a few simple blends, try :
  • 3 parts Patchouli and 1 part Rosemary Cineol. This is a wonderfully uplifting blend combining the deep earthiness of Patchouli oil with the invigorating aroma of Rosemary. This can certainly be worn as a perfume, or used in a diffuser
  • When the going gets tedious, try brightening with 3 parts Coriander, 2 parts Patchouli and 1 part Bergamot. This may uplift the spirits and remind one of the joy to be found in life
  • For the sensually insecure, try 1 part Geranium, 1 part Patchouli and 1 part Bergamot. A beautiful yet simple blend for getting comfortable in one’s own skin

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