Patchouli is a perennial bushy herb with a sturdy stem, furry leaves and white flowers that have hints of purple. The leaves are put through a steam distillation process to extract the essential oil. Blending Patchouli with Ylang Ylang, Bergamot and Frankincense will fill any space with a sweet and uplifted aroma that is incredibly pleasing to the senses.
Botanical Name: Pogostemon cablin
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Leaves
Blends Well With: Ylang Ylang, and other florals; Frankincense, and other resins
Aroma: Sweet, musky, and similar to Patchouli used in incense and perfumes
Consistency: Thin - Medium
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 7 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Patchouli, Pogostemom cablin, has numerous helpful properties including reducing inflammation, pain reliever, antibacterial, antifungal, as well as antidepressant, immune stimulant and CNS sedative due to its grounding nature. Its other uses are wide and reaching, including use as an insect repellent. It is well known for use in body care products for its ability to reduce skin irritation by cooling skin, reducing itchiness and alleviating dry skin. The patchouli leaves are steam distilled and it aids balancing an overactive mind and reduces nervous strain.
- As a base note and grounding oil Patchouli is an incredibly versatile oil. It’s a great stabilizer in blends that contain top note essential oils high in monoterpenes such as citrus oils like Bergamot. Floral oils such as Lavender and Rose go incredibly well with Patchouli as well and are great additions to relieve irritated skin. Blended with a little citrus and floral with other grounding oils such as Frankincense and Myrrh will encompass any space with a sweet and uplifting aroma that is especially pleasing and calming to the senses.
- Dogs have unique physiology, and cannot metabolize most essential oils like humans can and it’s why we must be careful with how we use essential oils around dogs. When choosing which oils to use with your pup, keep the following in mind: your dog’s age, size, medical history, allergies, needs. With all this in mind, Patchouli essential oil is on the safe list to use around dogs. If you would like to read more about what oils are safe and which to avoid, check out Edens Garden blog post on essential oils and dogs here.
- Patchouli's versatility lends itself for many uses. Blended into a carrier oil or a body butter it makes an excellent oil for sensitive skin issues including wound healing and calming itchy skin from bites or eczema. Try making a room spray for grounding nervous energy and calming anxiety. Keep a 1 oz skin spray on hand by combining it with peppermint hydrosol, 3 drops of peppermint essential oil, 5 drops of Tea Tree and 6 drops of Patchouli for a cooling, itchy & irritated skin mending blend. As an insect repellent, boost its effectiveness by making a spray with Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood and Opopanax to ward off biting bugs.
- Known for use during the 60’s hippie movement, it has a deeply musky, sweet and earthy aroma. Its scent adds a sensuality to blends and helps to open the breath. As a base and grounding blend it has an excellent stabilizing effect in blends. Because of its unique aromatics, It is often used in the perfume industry.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
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RELEASE: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Patchouli, 5 drops of Ylang Ylang and 5 drops of Tangerine. Or add Patchouli to your Thera Lux Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
BODY LOTION: Add to a 4 ounce bottle with lotion pump: 3 drops of Patchouli and 3 drops of Lavender (Bulgarian or French), then fill with unscented body lotion and stir to mix well. Use as desired, after bath or shower.
SUGAR SCRUB: To exfoliate the skin and smooth the feel and appearance, mix together: 6 drops of Patchouli, 2 drops of Geranium, 3 drops of Frankincense and 4 drops of Orange. Add ½ cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of Jojoba and 1/4 cup of Sweet Almond oils. Stir to mix well. Use as a last step in the shower on wet skin. Gently massage 1 tablespoon at a time over the entire body, or focus on thighs and buttocks. Rinse and blot skin dry to seal in moisture; revel in the aroma left on your skin.
BODY BUTTER: Melt one ounce each Cocoa butter and Jojoba oil over low heat. Add: 8 drops of Patchouli, 5 drops of Orange, 2 drops of Cardamom and 5 drops of Vanilla Oleoresin. Blend together; as it cools it will thicken. Apply to dry skin or cracked feet. (1.7% dilution)
SHAMPOO: Add to 1 tablespoon of your shampoo: 1 drop of Patchouli and 2 drops of Rosemary. Massage well into the scalp; rinse well before using conditioner.
CLOSET SPRAY: In a 12 ounce spray bottle add: 55 drops of Patchouli, 45 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas) and 40 drops of Frankincense. Fill with 4 oz grain alcohol and 8 oz distilled water. Shake well before each use. Mist as needed to relieve musty smells and discourage pests.
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