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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. Patchouli’s main elements are earth and fire and we see why when we explore its uses. This remarkable oil serves many purposes in the aromatic world.

Uses of Patchouli Essential Oil include:

  • Analgesic
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    Antibacterial
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    Antidepressant
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    Antifungal
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    Anti-infectious
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    Antiseptic
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    Antiviral
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    Cicatrisant
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    CNS (central nervous system) sedative
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    Cooling
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    Decongestant
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    Deodorant
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    Digestive and immune stimulant
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    Febrifuge
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    Insect repellant
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    Reduces anxiety and depression
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    Sexual tonic
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    Improves skin cells 
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    ...And more! (1), (2), (3)

Patchouli is mainly harvested from Indonesia, and most companies carry Indonesian Patchouli. Despite more than 75% origination from this country, there is a remarkable variance in aromas from the different locations that it is grown in this Southeast Asian nation.

These variations are due to soil conditions, seed quality, climate, altitude, growing conditions, harvesting, care during distillation, bottling, and storage, and can also affect the quality of an essential oil. These are all factors that conscientious suppliers pay close attention to.

As a student, our former instructor bought an oil from a supplier for many years. One year, her analysis report had extreme chemistry differences. Upon calling her supplier, it was discovered a mudslide had occurred and thus, the chemistry of the plant had changed.

Patchouli is similar to jasmine in that it is a warm oil yet perfect as an anti-inflammatory. Patchouli is calming, but with a soft stimulating energy to it. As a result, it tends to leave someone feeling uplifted, yet calm. The aroma is a deep and earthy, with an exotic undertone that lends well to aphrodisiac blends.

It is considered a “safe” oil, although, like all oils, it still must be diluted accordingly to be safely used. Although there are exceptions, oils that are similar tend to go well together. Patchouli blends nicely with florals and citrus oils as well as other exotic type oils.

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1. Improve Digestive Health

Patchouli has many therapeutic properties, including as a digestive stimulant. Patchouli is known to assist with infectious intestinal colitis, a disease best addressed by a clinical aromatherapist trained in aromatic medicine.

Digestive Stimulant
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    Add 4 drops patchouli to ½ ounce unscented lotion or carrier oil of choice
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    Blend well
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    Rubbing in a counterclockwise direction, gently apply to the abdominal area
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    Apply every few hours to relieve digestive discomfort

Patchouli has a very relaxing aroma and affect on the limbic system. In a calm state, it helps to relax the abdominal muscles along while calming the disturbances within the digestive tract. Patchouli is safe for all ages (other than premature babies). For children under two, I would suggest 1 drop per ½ ounce of carrier oil. Their bodies are more receptive than ours and therefore they require a higher level of dilution. As with medication, we must adjust all dosages according to their smaller systems.

SAFETY NOTE
 *Because of patchouli’s antiplatelet aggregation, it’s discouraged during breastfeeding as it could pass through breast milk*


**Patchouli is often adulterated. Check your GC/MS analysis report prior to purchase.**


2. Improve Brain Power

Patchouli has remarkable effects on stress-related problems and can be stimulating in high doses. It sharpens our minds, helping us to process thoughts more efficiently and objectively. (4) Because of its gentle nature, its synergistic blend is uplifting without being over-stimulating.

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3. Revive Your Love Life

Patchouli has a soft, earthy, woodsy, sweet yet spicy aroma.

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. Patchouli works on the endocrine system as a stimulant, easing feelings of detachment from your sensuality.

It’s warming and is a relaxing aphrodisiac and may help those with frigidity. Patchouli’s soft, earthy, woodsy, sweet yet spicy aroma can spice up your evening with the following technique.

Using a 2-ounce fine mist spray bottle, fill with 1 ounce high-proof alcohol such as a high-quality vodka (not rubbing alcohol), and 1-ounce distilled water or patchouli hydrosol.

Add 10-27 drops patchouli essential oil. Shake well, spray sheets. Let air-dry. Before bed, shake well and spray room. You can also diffuse for up to one hour before hitting the sheets.

4. Repel Insects

We featured this foolproof recipe in our eucalyptus article. My daughter’s wedding was in October next to our lake in Louisiana. Our concern was the heat and the mosquitos. The climate worked out perfect and as we handed out our little containers of bug cream, the night was a success - not a single complaint of mosquitoes. It’s the perfect cream for the whole family.

Bug Out Cream
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    1-ounce unscented cream or lotion
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    10 drops Patchouli Pogostemom cablin
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    5 drops Vanilla Oleoresin Vanilla planifolia
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    5 drops Cedarwood Juniperus virginiana
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    2 Drops Lemon Eucalyptus Corymbia citriodora

Directions: Add all oils to cream or lotion and blend thoroughly. Do a small skin patch test prior to use. Reminder: Although patchouli, like many oils, is not known as an irritant, everyone’s chemistry is unique and it is impossible to know every outcome so the patch test is important. If there is any reaction, do not use.

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5. Enhance Creativity

Patchouli is considered a meditative oil, and its psychological effects are both grounding and harmonizing. It enriches our mind and creativity. There are very few oils that improve with age but patchouli is one of the exceptions. Over time, it becomes even warmer and exotic with its rich and deep aroma.

While in your creative moments, use up to 15 drops (or according to your diffuser’s directions) and diffuse up to one hour to enjoy the mind-opening effects of this beautiful underrated oil.

6. Activate Your Chakras


Patchouli has been suggested as best for those with a deficiency of Qi-energy in the spleen-pancreas and, as a result, suffer from side effects including fatigue, loose bowels, and abdominal distention. Patchouli helps to support the immune system while balancing the body. Over exhaustion from work and anxiety can leave a body weak and prone to infection. (5)

Quiet Moments
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    1/2-ounce carrier of choice
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    3 drops Patchouli Pogostemom cablin
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    1 drop Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile

Combine and gently massage in the abdominal area, temples (avoiding eyes), or mid-back area. Although the feet are the least permeable, massaging them can be beneficial to our health as well.

7. Experience Calm Meditation

Take advantage of patchouli’s organic calming and soothing properties while you meditate. It naturally calms your mind, facilitating deep, relaxing, and rejuvenating meditation. Try the following blend next time you meditate.

Meditative Diffuser Blend
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    5 drops Patchouli Pogostemom cablin
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    2 drops Wild Orange Citrus senisis
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    3 drops Frankincense Boswellia carterii
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    2 drops Clary Sage Salvia sclarea
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    1 drops Ylang Ylang Cananga odorata var. geruina

Settle into your favorite meditation place, turning lights down low, adding candles, pillows, and whatever else makes you the most comfortable.  Add oils to your diffuser and diffuse up to one hour as you meditate. Reaching a deep meditative state takes some practice, but once it is achieved using beautiful oils with meditative properties, you can reach a state of peace and renewed self. This is one of my favorite “me” times.

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8. Relieve Depression

Various psychiatric disorders can be treated with patchouli aromatherapy. Patchouli oil influences cerebral functions because it is calming, anti-depressive, sedative, and uplifting. (7)

The following blend is perfect for those low moments.

Hope Blend 
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    5 drops Patchouli Pogostemom cablin
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    5 Drops Sweet Orange Citrus sinensis
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    5 Drops Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis

Blend and either add to your diffuser or add all drops to 2 ounces of unscented lotion and apply to the neck and chest.

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9. Reduce Inflammation

Patcholol (Patchouli alcohol), the main constituent within patchouli essential oil, has been tested numerous times and has proven to have strong anti-inflammatory properties against various acute inflammatory responses. (8) Patchouli is non-sensitive and non-irritating and promotes healing of wounds. It’s used in Ayurvedic medicine for healing skin and scar tissue as well as sores, eczema, and a host of other inflamed skin-related issues. Try the following blend for pain and inflammation.

Hand Cream for Pain and Inflammation
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    1-ounce unscented lotion or carrier oil*
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    6 drops Patchouli Pogostemom cablin
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    4 drops Myrrh Commiphora myrrha
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    2 drops Plai Zingiber cassumunar
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    4 drops Helichrysum Helichrysum italicum

Blend and use as needed.

*Many carrier oils are anti-inflammatory. You could consider apricot kernel CP (cold pressed), arnica infused oil, babassu oil, calendula Infused organic oil, cranberry seed oil, emu oil or pomegranate seed oil.

10. Prevent Bacterial Infection

As previously mentioned, patchouli has excellent anti-inflammatory properties that attribute to healing wounds. Diluted properly and used after the wound has scabbed over, patchouli will induce quick healing and reduce scarring for most wounds.

Do the following:
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    1-ounce Carrier oil (as previously mentioned)
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    4 drops Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia
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    3 drops Lemon Citrus limon
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    3 drops Geranium Pelatgonium roseum x asperum
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    4 drops Patchouli Pogostemom cablin
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    4 drops Helichrysum Helichrysum italicum

Apply every 3-4 hours on closed wounds.

11. Combat Fungal Infections

Patchouli has been proven effective on Candida and other fungal infections. (9)

Ten essential oils were tested against twelve fungi (three yeast-like and nine filamentous) by the disc diffusion method. Out of the ten essential oils, seven oils including patchouli inhibited all twelve fungi. (10)

*Tamanu oil is my pick of carrier oils for fungal infections. It’s also effective in treating scars, stretch marks (fades stretch marks with great results), minor wounds, skin irritations, rashes, bedsores, and many other skin concerns. Promotes new tissue formation, speeds up healing and healthy skin growth, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. Of course, why we love it for this blend is that it is antifungal.

Anti-Fungal Healing Oil
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    1-ounce Tamanu Oil
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    10 drops or Patchouli Pogostemom cablin
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    5 drops Helichrysum Croatia italicum
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    5 drops Frankincense Boswellia carterii
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    8 drops Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia

Our suggestion is to apply every 3-4 hours as needed. Applying to clean dry skin will give best results.

Important Note: Whatever you choose for an oil, make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality. Remember, you're breathing this oil into your lungs so essential oil quality is a terrible place to cut corners.

12. Improve Your Skin

We know from previous comments that patchouli is beautiful for our skin because of its healing properties to our skin and soft tissue.

Pomegranate seed oil is a beautiful carrier oil for improving the skin, because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Pomegranate seed oil is also a skin regenerator, moisturizer, and is excellent for dry, damaged, and aged skin. You can blend with rosehip oil or use separately to find what loves your skin type. Rosehip oil is remarkable for damaged, agitated skin. Dry, mature skin loves this oil.

Do the following:
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    1-ounce carrier of choice
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    4 drops Patchouli Pogostemom cablin
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    4 drops Frankincense Boswellia carterii
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    6 drops Helichrysum Helichrysum italicum
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    2 drops Lavender Lavendula angustifolia

Apply nightly before bed to clean dry skin.

Suggestion: Do a small skin patch test first by placing a small amount on the inside of your wrist. If no reaction within 10-15 minutes, your product should be safe to use.

13. Treat Dry, Itchy Skin

Because of it’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, patchouli is known for its healing skin therapeutic properties.

There are so many carrier oils that are great for dry, itchy skin. You can consider combining carrier oils such as baobab and jojoba wax. Jojoba protects the skin while allowing it to breathe, while the baobab oil is very deeply penetrating.

It softens dry skin and paired with skin-loving, healing, and nourishing essential oils, you can heal and ease itchy dry skin. Baobab oil is known to restore your beautiful skin and re-moisturize the epidermis.

Do the following:
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    10 drops or Patchouli Pogostemom cablin
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    10 drops Helichrysum Croasia italicum
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    18 drops Lavender Lavendula angustifolia
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    10 drops Carrot Seed Daucus carota

Apply as desired.

14. Fight Acne

Want to stop acne in its tracks and heal your scars? With anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, patchouli is perfect for acne blends. Patchouli also has a beautiful cooling effect on the skin. Try the following blend.

Acne Ease
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    ½-ounce Witch Hazel
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    3 Drops Lavender Lavendula angustifolia
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    2 drops Hemlock Tsuga canadensis
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    2 drops Sweet Orange Citrus sinensis
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    1 drop Patchouli Pogostemom cablin
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    1 drop Hemp Cannabis sativa

Dab on acne to dry and heal. Repeat as needed.

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15. Eliminate Excess Water Weight

Because we discourage ingestion of essential oils without training in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of essential oils, we encourage you to utilize the parent plant. It offers the same diuretic properties that the essential oil does, although milder and without the concerns that come with the internal use of essential oils.

Patchouli leaf tea can act as a diuretic, so if you are already taking something for this action, you may wish to avoid it. It can also soothe the digestive system.

16. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Patchouli is a CNS (central nervous system) depressant or nervine and works great in sleep blends. It’s cooling and stimulates the immune system as you sleep. Try the following blend.

Sleep Tight Chest and Neck Rub
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     4-ounce unscented lotion
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    15 drops Patchouli Pogostemom cablin
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    15 drops Sweet Marjoram Origanum majorana
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    15 drops Frankincense Boswellia carterii
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    15 drops Vetiver Chrysopogon zizanioides or Ruh Khus Vetiveria zizanioides

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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 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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About the author

    Rehne Burge, C.A., NAHA Louisiana Director

    Rehne Burge is a certified aromatherapist (CA). You can reach her at Soul Essentials Duo.

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