Botanical Name: Pogostemon patchouli
Synonym: P. Patchouly
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Country of Origin: Malaysia, Indonesia, India & China
Plant Part: Dried leaves
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Characteristics: earthy, rich, exotic, sweet, heady
Antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, sedative, tonic
β-patchoulene, α-guaiene, caryophyllene, α-patchoulene, seychellene, α-bulnesene, norpatchoulenol, patchouli alcohol, posostol
Mind & Spirit:
- relieves anxiety, tension and depression
- Great for skin conditions such as eczema, acne, scar tissue, burns and chapped skin
- Useful for dandruff and an oily scalp.
- Effective for water retention and cellulite
- Deodorising and has a beneficial effect on tinea.
Odour Intensity: 7
Blends well with:
Bergamot, black pepper, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, lemongrass, mandarin, myrrh, neroli, orange, pine, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, tangerine, ylang ylang
Patchouli has long been used as a moth repellent in Asia. This may well have been responsible for its introduction to Europe in the early 1800s. At that time very costly imported Indian fabrics would arrive at the ports of Europe exuding the mysterious aroma of patchouli, then considered a hallmark of genuine oriental goods.
Patchouli is one of very few oils that, like fine wine, improve with age. The dried leaves and stems are used in traditional Chinese medicine to normalise the flow and balance of the life force known as Chi.