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17 Amazing Uses of Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli essential oil has been used for centuries in ayurvedic medicinal treatments with great success. Now it is being studied scientifically to prove that it does have medicinal benefits and to determine exactly how it should be used. I am always thrilled to hear about new proven uses of natural essential oils.

Even though I am already a firm believer in the benefits of patchouli and other essential oils, it is nice to see scientific proof of their benefits. This testing also indicates that society is getting back to natural remedies, which I think is good for everyone.

Patchouli essential oil reduces inflammation, improves digestion, elevates your mood, enhances creativity and is an amazing aphrodisiac. It is antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antidepressant.

1. Improve Digestive Health

Patchouli essential oil, or EO, is a wonderful digestive aid that reduces nausea. Rub a few drops on your abdomen, put a few drops in your diffuser or add 1 to 2 drops to a drink and ingest it. You can add it to drinking water or a hot cup of tea.

**Use therapeutic-grade patchouli essential oil.**

2. Boost Liver Function

Improve liver function. Practice patchouli EO aromatherapy or take 1 to 2 drops in a drink as a tonic to give your liver a healthy boost. It is a wonderful tonic.

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3. Perfume Fabrics

Patchouli was used in India to make the fabrics they exported smell good. This generated quite a bit of interest in patchouli back in the 1800’s. It has a deep, warm, earthy fragrance that is very soothing. If you want to surround yourself with the calming scent of patchouli, mix 5 drops of patchouli EO into 1 pint of water, pour it into a spray bottle and spray your fabrics with a very fine mist. You can use it on furniture, drapes, bedding and more.

4. Repel Insects

Use patchouli EO as an insect repellant. Spray the patchouli/water mist on fabrics to repel moths, lice and bed bugs or add a few drops to your laundry. Put a few drops on your hands and rub it into your skin to repel biting flies, mosquitos and fleas. Burn 5 drops of patchouli in an oil burner to repel flying insects.

Make your own insect-repelling patchouli blend to keep biting bugs away. Start out with 2 tablespoons of witch hazel and 4 tablespoons of water in a spray bottle. Add 2 to 4 drops of peppermint, lemongrass, cajeput, eucalyptus, citronella or garlic oil, 10 to 15 drops of tea tree, pine, rosemary, clove or lavender oil and 3 to 6 drops of patchouli. Screw on the lid and shake well.

**Essential oils are generally not recommended for use on children under 6 years old and pregnant women**

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5. Enhance Creativity

Patchouli Essential Oil is beneficial for creativity. Put a few drops in your diffuser and run it for 30 to 45 minutes. The oil will improve creativity and give your mind a little nudge when you get “stuck.”

6. Activate Your Chakras


Rub one drop of patchouli oil in your fingers then rub it on your forehead or Third Eye and on the back of your neck at the base of your skull. The oil will soak in and spread down your spine from your Third Eye to your base or root chakra and throughout your nervous system. You can also rub what’s left on your hand into the skin of your lower abdomen and lower back. The patchouli properties will soak in right over your “creative seat” or base chakra to increase motivation and energy levels.

7. Experience Calm Meditation

Take advantage of patchouli’s natural calming and soothing properties while you meditate. It naturally calms your mind, facilitating deep, relaxing, rejuvenating meditation. Put a few drops in your diffuser or rub a drop on your forehead or Third Eye before you sit down to meditate.

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8. Revive Your Love Life

Rejuvenate or enhance your sensuality with a little patchouli EO. When your mind gets stuck in a rut, worrying about issues at work or home, your libido tends to suffer. Patchouli oil helps you get out of that rut and actually stimulates the production of testosterone in men and estrogen in women. These are hormones that affect your sex drive. Patchouli oil is often recommended for people suffering from erectile dysfunction. Practice patchouli oil aromatherapy while relaxing in the bath or while enjoying a nice, romantic, candlelight dinner with your partner. Sensuality will be reawakened for both of you.

9. Relieve Depression

Use patchouli EO as a natural antidepressant. Practice aromatherapy with a few drops of patchouli EO, rub 1 drop on your forehead and at the base of your skull or add 10 drops to your bathwater if you’ve been feeling depressed. It has been scientifically proven to stimulate a significant increase in dopamine and norepinephrine levels. These are “feel-good” neurotransmitters.

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10. Reduce Inflammation

Take advantage of patchouli oil’s natural antiphlogistic, or anti-inflammatory, properties to treat inflammation. It works its way into your skin, muscles and tissues to reduce inflammation. You don’t need to use a carrier oil like argan oil or coconut oil with this essential oil, either. Just put a few drops of patchouli essential oil on your hands, rub them together for a few seconds to warm the oil then massage the inflamed area. Use it to treat inflammation from arthritis or skin disorders.

11. Prevent Bacterial Infection

Use patchouli essential oil on wounds or abrasions to help prevent infection. Its antiseptic properties will kill bacteria. Gently apply 2 or 3 drops of patchouli oil directly on the wound. You can also put 5 to 10 drops of the oil in some warm bathwater for an all-over soak. This is great if you have lots of little wounds on your body.

12. Cure Fungal Infections

Treat fungal infections in the same way as wounds or abrasions. Patchouli essential oil’s antifungal properties will make short work of athlete’s foot, toe fungus or really any type of fungal infection.

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13. Treat Dry, Itchy Scalp

Rub five drops of patchouli oil into your scalp. It will improve the health of your scalp and hair. You can also put a few drops in your hair conditioner.

14. Improve Your Skin

Apply patchouli essential oil to your skin. You can use just the patchouli oil alone or put together a skin-improving blend. Mix 3 drops of patchouli oil, 2 drops of rose absolute oil and 3 drops of geranium essential oil into 15 mL or about 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil. A 15 mL dropper bottle is best for this but any small container will do. Put the lid on and shake well for a wonderful, skin rejuvenating patchouli EO blend. It will moisturize and improve dry, normal or oily skin. It can also be used to treat skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

15. Fight Acne

Use patchouli EO to clear up acne. You can add 5 drops to your face wash or mix it with a good carrier oil like argan oil and use that as a moisturizer. Don’t hesitate to use these oils on acne-prone skin. The patchouli’s antiseptic properties will help clear and heal the acne sores. If you prefer, make a potent acne-eliminating blend. Use 1 tablespoon of argan oil, which contains vitamins A and E and is really good for the skin, with 3 drops each of patchouli, lavender and tea tree essential oils. Put the blend on your skin each night after you wash up. This combination will clear up acne in no time. You can also use this blend to clear up scars of any kind. Coconut oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil can be used instead of argan oil, if you prefer.

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16. Eliminate Excess Water Weight

Take a patchouli essential oil tonic as a diuretic. It will help your body get rid of excess water weight or edema and toxins which can help reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Mix 3 to 5 drops into a drink to consume it. Lemon water is great for this, although you can mix it into a cup of tea or just plain water, too.

17. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Use patchouli EO to help you relax and get good, restful sleep. It has natural sedative properties that quiet your mind and body. You can put a few drops in a diffuser and run it for 30 to 45 minutes before you go to sleep. If you don’t want to run the diffuser, place 2 to 3 drops in your hands, rub them together to warm the oil a bit, cup your hands over your nose and mouth and breathe in the vapors for a few minutes until you begin to relax. After you’re done inhaling the vapors, rub the oil into your temples, neck and chest then finish rubbing it into your hands. The soothing vapors will continue to waft up around your nose and mouth throughout the night.

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Was this list helpful to you? I was fascinated to learn about this earthy-smelling essential oil that was so popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It’s not just an old-fashioned fragrance from a by-gone era. Patchouli essential oil has been used medicinally for centuries and will continue to be used for many more centuries to come. Hopefully, you will begin to take advantage of this essential oil and enjoy all of its wonderful benefits.

Please leave a comment to let me know if this list helped and tell me about your own personal experiences with patchouli essential oil. We’ll just keep adding to the on-going list of great uses. Be sure to share, too, so that others can become aware of all the uses for this essential oil.

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    Reannan Raine

    Reannan worked in the non-profit sector for 30 years. Now she devotes her time to freelance writing and sharing knowledge about alternative ways to stay healthy. She believes we could all benefit from the use of fresh herbs and spices in our cooking, essential oils in our medicine cabinets and daily meditation.

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