Patchouli Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
The strong scent of patchouli essential oil has been used for centuries in perfumes; more recently it’s been used in incense, insect repellents and alternative medicines. It’s also commonly used for skin care because of its ability to help alleviate skin issues, and it’s considered one of best home remedies for acne and oily skin, as well as for eczema, inflammation, burns, cuts, and cracked, chapped or irritated skin. It has cell-rejuvenating properties, which is why it’s often used in anti-aging skin care; it has the power to lessen the look of scars or marks on the skin.
In the 1800’s, the scent of patchouli oil radiating from imported fabrics from the East became an assurance of quality. The oil is still used today to deter moths and other pests from infesting fabrics while in shipment. Patchouli essential oil has been a favorite in modern perfumery. Many industrial products use patchouli to perfume laundry soaps, air fresheners, lotions, shampoos, cosmetics and even paper towels.
In more recent years, patchouli essential oil has been used in alternative medicine to help alleviate depression, sexual dysfunction, wound healing and protection, fungicide, and insecticide. Patchouli oil is a tonic, which means that is helps to tone your liver, stomach and intestines. This increases your ability to digest food and absorb nutrients properly, so it impacts your digestive system. Because of these metabolic benefits, patchouli oil will give you more energy and help your body to function properly.
Patchouli oil stimulates muscle contractions and, therefore, prevents hair loss or sagging skin. Patchouli essential oil regenerates new skin cells, and this keeps the skin looking young, healthy and vibrant.
Patchouli oil increases the frequency of urination, and this can be beneficial to your health in several ways: You are removing excess salt, water and uric acid, which is good for your gallbladder diet, kidney natural remedies and even a liver cleanse. By removing toxins from your body, you can lower your blood pressure, lower cholesterol naturally and increase your appetite.
Parts Used: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Note Classification: Base
Aroma: Earthy, very spicy, musky, smoky, slightly balsamic, warm
Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, lime, mandarin, myrrh, neroli, oakmoss, rose, sandalwood, sweet orange, vanilla, vetiver, and ylang-ylang
Caution: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in the eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin, always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier). The information on this website is not intended to be used in the diagnosis, treatment or mitigation of any physical or mental illness. Essential oils are not drugs and are not considered appropriate for treatment of illness. Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner. The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.