Patchouli essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the leaves of the Patchouli plant – Pogostemon Cablin or Pogostemon Patchouli. Patchouli leaves are harvested several times a year, then dried and the distillation process occurs. Native to the tropical regions of Asia, it’s now also cultivated in parts of China, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Its health benefits are numerous and the essential oil is widely used as an antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, deodorant and to boost your immune system & as a sedative. The insect repellant properties of this amazing oil have been known for generations, it’s known to protect clothes and fabrics from insects.
Patchouli essential oil is frequently used in aromatherapy, it uplifts the mood by impact it has on hormones, causing a chemical reaction in both the body & mind as it enables the body to release dopamine and serotonin. These are known as the happiness hormones, so any feelings of sadness & anxiety slowly fade away.
This oil also helps with inflammation in the body, especially inflammation caused by fever while also soothing the fever itself. Patchouli essential oil is very useful in treating conditions like arthritis and gout. Try rubbing 10 drops of patchouli oil (if you have sensitive skin then also mix with a carrier oil, like fractionated coconut) into your hands then massage your feet, lower back, stomach, pelvis or any other area of pain.
Patchouli oil has been used for centuries in perfumes, incense, natural skincare and alternative medicine compounds. Used in skin care preparations because of its cell rejuvenating properties, in studies it has be proven to heal scars & abrasions on the skin by lessening the redness and scar tissue.
Did you know that, Patchouli oil is commonly used by some Eastern religions during prayer and meditation time as it creates an atmosphere of calmness and tranquility. To experience this yourself – add five drops of patchouli oil to an air diffuser or essential oil burner during your own prayer / mediation / yoga time.