For 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!
Day 10: Patchouli
This tropical rainforest shrub produces fragrant blossoms, leaves and twigs and is perhaps one of the most familiar of essential oils. Commonly worn as a perfume, patchouli has a woody and incense like fragrance that masks other odors.
It has been used as an aphrodisiac, moth repellant, and as a fixative for more volatile aromatic compounds.
Steam distilled from the dry leaves of Pogostemon patchouli or Pogostemon cablin, patchouli oil is a viscous amber, orange or dark brown color. The flowers are white with a purple or mauve hue. Patchouli is native to tropical Asia and cultivated in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.
One popular use for Patchouli essential oil is for weight loss. Diffused into the air or worn in diffuser jewelry, it can help to curb appetite. Mix 2-3 drops into a tablespoon of carrier oil; you can use this mixture as a massage oil to diminish cellulite. This method can also help with varicose veins. (Be sure to use gentle pressure when massaging veins!)
With the same carrier oil dilution, you can easily treat bloating and fluid retention caused by PMS. Massage the mixture over the abdomen. It can also help reduce hot flashes.
It has anti-fungal properties as well, so you can use it the same as you would Tea Tree oil as a foot soak, foot lotion or nail treatment.
Patchouli oil is a known anti-inflammatory thus effectively treating skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, sunburn, skin allergies, and eczema and other forms of dermatitis.
In skincare, Patchouli oil is employed to regenerate skin cells to help with wrinkles. It can tighten and tone sagging skin.
Patchouli is an incredible healer as well. Treat sores and wounds with diluted Patchouli oil. It even reduces the look of scars. It can calm inflamed skin and treat sunburns as it also smoothes rough, dry, cracked skin. It regulates oil in the skin and hair and treats acne. Add a few drops to cleansers and shampoos.
Natural deodorants often contain Patchouli essential oil because it helps to control perspiration.
One of the best known uses for Patchouli oil is to treat depression. It does this by heightening a sense of joy in life. This can help treat exhaustion, stress and stress-related conditions. In low doses it can act as a sedative. I higher quantities it has the opposite effect. It can be used as a study aid to sharpen intelligence and improve concentration.
In the bath, the air or a massage oil, Patchouli can act as an aphrodisiac. Like Ylang-Ylang, Patchouli is a “heady” fragrance which is why it can produce this effect.
Wear a drop or two to boost confidence inspire creativity.
The suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.