Patchouli has one of the most distinct scents in all of aromatherapy. It’s strong, earthy, and musky, so a little bit goes a long way. Luckily, though, a little bit is all you need to see big-time results!
what is patchouli?
It’s a bushy perennial herb that’s native to the tropical climates in Southeast Asia. Legend has it that King Tut loved Patchouli oil so much that he demanded to have ten gallons of it buried with him. More recently, Patchouli was the scent of choice for hippies back in the 1960’s because it was strong enough to mask the smell of marijuana smoke.
how do you use patchouli?
If you’ve got the pure essential oil, there are a number of things you can do with it. However, because it’s such a strong scent, I always combine it with other oils — like bergamot, grapefruit, or lemon — by mixing nine parts of the other oil with one part patchouli. Then, put it in your aromatherapy burner to spread the scent throughout your room. Or, place 1 drop on your pillow or onto a tissue, and breathe deeply. You can also put a few drops in your bath or footbath after a long day.
patchouli essential oil — uses in aromatherapy
Patchouli is so popular because it can provide so many benefits. Its anti-inflammatory properties can relieve everything from arthritis, to gout, to fevers. It also has antiseptic properties, so it’s an effective way to treat wounds.
patchouli essential oil as a mood-booster
If you’re overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, or stress, Patchouli can have life-changing results. Its sedative properties will help you get a better night’s sleep and chase away all of those negative feelings you experience when you’re tired. And, because the scent stimulates the production of your body’s so-called “feel good hormones”, Patchouli will quickly eliminate anger, sadness, and anxiety.
It can even eliminate feelings of indifference. After all, it’s impossible for your senses to ignore this strong scent! The next time you feel mentally “stuck”, tap into the mental power of Patchouli.
patchouli essential oil for romance
Its strong musky scent makes Patchouli a wonderful aphrodisiac. It will lower your inhibitions, so you’ll feel more comfortable expressing your desires. And, because it’s so good at chasing away negative thoughts and fatigue, it’s the perfect oil to help you get ready for a romantic evening. All of your thoughts will be focused on your sweetie and your magical night!
patchouli essential oil for skin care
Another great way to use Patchouli is to dilute it with a carrier oil (like coconut or jojoba) and apply it directly to your skin. In fact, it can regenerate, disinfect, moisten, and cool tissues! In addition to the mood boost you’ll get from the scent, Patchouli can help alleviate the symptoms of a variety of skin problems — like athlete’s foot, eczema, acne, and dandruff.
If you want to use it every day, you can make your own moisturizer by mixing one drop of patchouli with five drops of lavender, three drops of frankincense, and one ounce of jojoba. Or, make your own scalp conditioner by mixing one drop of patchouli with four drops of geranium and five drops of tea tree. Or, make a massage oil with one drop of patchouli, five drops of jasmine, four drops of orange, and one ounce of carrier oil.
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© 2015, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.