Patchouli

Essential Oil of Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli)

 

Family: Labiatae

Origin: Malaysia, China, India and Japan

Plant description: A perennial, bushy plant that grows up to 3 feet high, with a sturdy, hairy stem and large, fragrant, furry leaves about 4 inches long and 5 inches across. It has whitish flowers tinged with purple.

Part of plant used for essential oil: The young leaves

Extraction method: Steam

Main Chemical Constituents: b-patchoulene, a-guaiene, caryophyllene, a-patchoulene, seychellene, a-bulnesene, norpatchoulenol, patchouli alcohol and pogostol.

PRECAUTIONS: Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Large doses may cause loss of appetite in some individuals. Sedative in low doses but stimulating in high. Its odor may be a little persistent for some people.

PROPERTIES: antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, sedative and tonic.

 

USES:

Digestive: Helps curb the appetite

Immune System: Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial

Nervous system: Can be used as a sedative in low doses but stimulates in high doses.

Mental/Emotional: Has a grounding and balancing effect on emotions and banishes lethargy while sharpening wits, fighting depression and anxiety. It can also create an amorous atmosphere. Makes the mind more objective. Affective for dealing with substance addiction.

Skin care: Affective against bacterial and fungal infection and great for insect bites. Breaks up cellulite as it helps fight water retention. A tissue regenerator that helps stimulate the growth of new skin cells. Prevents scarring and helps heal wounds.

 

About this essential oil:

Has a long history of medicinal use in Malaysia, China, India and Japan as a renowned antidote against insect and snake bites. Dried patchouli leaves were placed amongst folds of Indian cashmere to protect the merchandise from moths.

Which Faith Aromatherapy Products can I find this oil in?

References:

  1. The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Seller
  2. essential oils.co.za/essential-oils/patchouli.htm
 

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