Patchouli Organic (Pogostemon patchouli)
Patchouli is a small, leafy shrub which grows mainly in the Far East – Indonesia, China – and on
the island of Madagascar. The essential oil is obtained be steam distillation of the young leaves,
which are first dried. It is a dark, viscous oil with a strong balsamic odour and spicy undertones. A base note in perfumes, mixed with Almond oil it makes an attractive perfume on its own.
Patchouli oil is particularly helpful as an immunostimulant, when it is a valuable tonic used in
massage, inhalation and baths. It is also effective in the treatment of damaged skin, especially
cracks, sores, wounds and scars. It is also helpful against haemorrhoids and varicose veins and its anti-inflammatory action calms
inflamed skin and eczema.
Emotionally, patchouli balances mood swings, reduces irritability and lifts despair and
Research on patchouli and other oils shows short term exposure of relaxing/stimulating essential oils do not result in an effect on immune response. This is perhaps a case where aromatherapy could have guided researchers to test the immunostimulatory oils.
Antiseptic, deodorant and sensual. The sweet, musky aroma of Patchouli essential oil is quite unmistakable and is often used as a fixative in oriental perfumes. A highly valued oil when caring for dry, itchy or mature skin.
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