Patchouli Essential Oil, Pure and Natural

Botanical Name: Potostemon cablin


General description of Patchouli:
A perennial bushy herb up to 1 metre (3ft) high with a sturdy, hairy stem, large, fragrant, furry green leaves and white flowers tinged with purple.  


Extraction of Patchouli Essential Oil:
The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the dried fermented leaves. A resinoid is also produced, mainly as a fixative.  


Description of Patchouli Essential Oil:
This strange perfume, with its heady aroma, seems to have the symbol of the 1960s, the hippie years, as there was so much use and misuse of the substance during this period, particularly in the form of incense. An amber or dark orange viscous liquid with a sweet, rich, warm herbaceous-earthy odour-it improves with age. It blends well with jasmine, labdanum, vertiver, sandalwood, cedarwood, oakmoss, geranium, ginger, clove, lavender, rose, neroli, bergamot, cassia, myrrh, opopanax, frankincense, clary sage, ylang ylang, lemon and in oriental-type bases.  


Main therapeutic properties of Patchouli Essential Oil:
Anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antiseptic, appeasing, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrizant, cytophylactic, deodorant, fungicide, insecticide, sedative.  


Uses of Patchouli Essential Oil:
Skin care: Acne, athlete's foot, cracked and chapped skin, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections, hair care, impetigo, insect repellent, sores, oily hair and skin, open pores, wounds, wrinkles.
Nervous system: Frigidity nervous exhaustion and stress -related complaints.  

Patchouli oil is used in cosmetic preparations and as a fixative in soaps and perfumes, especially oriental types. In the past it was used as a moth repellent. Patchouli is available from certain herbalists, those who appreciate its perfume add it to sachets for scenting their cloths. Extensively used in food industry, in alcoholic and soft drinks. It makes a good masking agent for unpleasant tastes and smells.  


Effects of Patchouli Essential Oil:
It is calming, uplifting, soothing, stabilizing stimulating in small amounts sedative in large doses, and slightly hypnotic. It is good in massage oil and helps those who are overly intellectual, bringing them in touch with their earthy, sensual nature. Patchouli grounds those who get lost in daydreams. It is also good in meditations for calming too many thoughts and generally for grounding and centring.  


Safety warnings for Patchouli Essential Oil:
The oil is relatively non-toxic, non- irritant and non-sensitizing.  
Caution Pregnant and lactating women and people using prescription drugs should consult their physician before using any of our oils. For external use only. Essential oils are not to be taken internally or ingested. If you are pregnant or have special medical conditions, please consult a doctor before use.  


Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, by Gabriel Mojay (Healing Arts Press, 1997)
The Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils, by Julia Lawless (Elements Books Ltd, 1992)
The Aromatherapy Bible, by Gill Farrer-Halls (Godsfield Press, 2005)
Illustrated elements of Essential oils by Julia Lawless (Elements Books Ltd, 2002)
The Aromatherapy and Massage book by Christine Wildwood. Published by Thersons 1994)
Complete illustrated guide to Aromatherapy by Julia Lawless (Elements Books Ltd, 1997)

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Patchouli Essential Oil, Pure and Natural

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Product code: Patchouli EO
Patchouli essential oil has a pungent, sweet aroma, earning its reputation as an aphrodisiac by strengthening sexual energy and the connection between mind, body and spirit. Its stimulating and enriching effect on the body helps improve symptoms of colds, headaches, and dry-skin conditions.
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