Botanical Name: Pogostemon cablin
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Leaves
Blends Well With: Buddha Wood, Cedarwood, Arborvitae and other woods. Lavender, Damiana, Magnolia and Clary Sage
Aroma: Elevated, deeply rich and musky with hints of sweet smokiness
Color: Brownish Yellow
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.
- Both oils use the latin name Pogostemon cablin and are made from the same fragrant herb. There is only a subtle difference between Dark Patchouli essential oil and Light Patchouli essential oil. They both use the same extraction method of steam distillation. However, Dark Patchouli is steam distilled in iron vats, which impart the darker hue to the oil. Light Patchouli essential oil is distilled in stainless steel vats.
- 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 making it an excellent choice during meditation and yoga practice. Its other uses are wide and reaching, including use as an insect repellent. It is well known for use in skin care in massage oil products blended with carrier oil 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.
- There is a lot of conflicting information on the web about cats and essential oils. A lot of it is outdated and based on very very old medical research. If you would like to read more on essential oils and a cat's metabolism regarding essential oils, please refer to this article written by a Veterinary doctor who is also an aromatic medical practitioner. The vet says that cats are able to metabolize essential oils adding that “they will not build up over time, although cats can have what we refer to as a different half-life for a chemical, or elimination time” - which includes drugs cats receive from their veterinarian for any procedures or medical issues.
- Due to its deep hue and thick constitution, Patchouli is a base note. As a base note it is grounding to the user and best used when you are feeling out of sorts and having trouble sitting still. It is an exceptional oil to give stability to blends when using top note oils high in monoterpenes such as citrus essential oils.
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