Patchouli Pogostemon cablin essential oil has been used for centuries has successfully been used in Ayurvedic medicinal treatments. This remarkable oil serves many purposes in the aromatic world.
Uses of Patchouli Essential Oil include:
Patchouli is mainly harvested from Indonesia and China, although Indonesia seems to be the best quality. I find most companies carry Indonesian Patchouli. Although many come from Indonesia, it’s remarkable the variances in aromas from the different locations in the region and this applies to all oils. Due to soil conditions, seed quality, climate, altitude, growing conditions, harvesting, the care during distillation, bottling and storage, it can all play a part in the resulting quality of an essential oils. These are all factors that conscientious suppliers pay close attention to. A change in the climate can also change the makeup of an oil.
Patchouli is similar to Jasmine in that it is a warm oil which adds to its’ comfort as an anti-inflammatory. Patchouli is both calming but with a soft stimulating energy to it. It tends to leave you feeling uplifted, yet calm. The aroma is a deep earthy aroma, with an exotic undertone and an oil loved in aphrodisiac blends.
It is considered a “safe” oil topically, 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 also blends nicely with florals and citrus oils as well as other exotic type oils. Internally there may be a concern of drug interactions and possible inhibiting of blood clotting. Avoid using Patchouli orally.
*Patchouli is often adulterated. For this reason, we suggest using a company that provides GC/MS analysis reports.*
1. Improve Digestive Health
Patchouli has many therapeutic properties, including as a digestive stimulant. Patchouli is also known to assist with infectious intestinal colitis, a disease best addressed by a Clinical Aromatherapist trained in Aromatic medicine.
As a digestive stimulant, add 4 drops Patchouli to ½ ounce unscented lotion or carry of choice. Blend well. Counterclockwise, gently apply to abdominal area. 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 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 carrier oil. Their little bodies are more receptive than ours and require a lesser dilution. We find this true with medication as well. We must adjust our dosages according to their little bodies.
*Because of Patchoulis antiplatelet aggregation, it’s discouraged during breastfeeding as it could pass through breastmilk*
2. Improve Brain Power
Patchouli has remarkable effects on stress related problems and can be stimulating in high doses. It sharpens our minds, helping to process thoughts more efficiently and more objectively. Because of its gentle nature, its synergistic blend of components is uplifting without being over stimulating.
3. Patchouli’s Powerful Aroma
Patchouli has a soft, earthy, woodsy, sweet yet spicy aroma. Patchouli is known as an aphrodisiac with an exotic and stimulating aroma. Use the following to spice up your evening.
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, spay sheets. Let air dry. Before bed, shake well and spray room. You can also diffuse up to one hour before bed.
4. Repel Insects
I featured this fool proof recipe in my Eucalyptus article. My daughter’s wedding was in October next to our lake in Louisiana. Our concern was the heat and the mosquitoes. 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. Because of children, avoid other chemo types of Eucalyptus. Citriodora is considered safe for children.
Bug Out Cream
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, are not known as irritants, keep in mind that everyone’s chemistry is unique and it is impossible to know every outcome.
5. Enhance Creativity
Patchouli’s psychological effects are grounding, and harmonizing. It enriches are mind and creativity. There are very few oils that improve with age, but Patchouli is one of the exceptions. Over time, it becomes even more warm and exotic with its rich and deep aroma.
While in your creative moments, use up to 15 drops or according to your diffuser directions and diffuse up to one hour and enjoy the mind opening affects of this beautiful under rated oil.
6. Activate Your Chakra
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.
Combine and gently massage in either 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 natural calming and soothing properties while you meditate. It naturally calms your mind, facilitating deep, relaxing, rejuvenating meditation. Try the following blend next time you meditate.
Meditative Diffuser Blend
Settle into your favorite meditation place, turning lights down low, adding candles, pillows, whatever 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, along with beautiful oils with meditative properties, you can reach a state of peace and renew-ness. This is one of my favorite “my” times.
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. 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.
9. Relieve Depression
Various psychiatric disorders can be treated by Patchouli aromatherapy. Patchouli oil influences cerebral functions including calming, anti-depressive, sedative and uplifting. The following blend is perfect for those low moments.
Blend. You can add to your diffuser or add all drops to 2 ounces unscented lotion and apply to neck and chest.
10. 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.
Patchouli is non-sensitive and non-irritating. Patchouli 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
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 See oil, Emu oil or Pomegranate See oil.
11. Prevent Bacterial Infection
As prementioned, 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 scar reducing for most wounds.