Patchouli

POGOSTEMON CABLIN

Among the world’s most popular perfume ingredients, patchouli has an intriguingly sweet scent with strong notes of wood and spice. Behind its remarkable fragrance lies a wide range of uses, beginning with its ability to repel insects. If you like spending time outdoors and want an alternative to commercial bug spray, create a blend with patchouli. The mosquitoes will leave you alone, even though you smell delightful. A little patchouli goes a long way, but don’t worry about your bottle going bad—this is one essential oil that usually improves as it ages.

Precautions
Generally regarded as safe

Application Methods
INHALATION: Mixed into 1 cup of water on its own or with a complementary essential oil, a few drops of patchouli make a delightful linen spray or natural perfume. If adding it to a diffuser, use the number of drops recommended by the diffuser’s manufacturer.
TOPICAL: Try adding 3 or 4 drops of patchouli essential oil to 1 teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil for a relaxing massage blend.
BATH: Patchouli essential oil can take basic blends such as lavender and rosemary to the next level. If you’re feeling creative, make tiny batches of bath and body products to see what appeals to you.

Popular Uses
Patchouli is good for relieving stress, either on its own or with complementary essential oils such as peppermint. Some recipes call for using the oils undiluted; but if you have sensitive skin, use a carrier oil to prevent irritation. For  acne-prone and combination skin, patchouli offers soothing relief. Try blending 6 to 7 drops with 1⁄2 cup of witch hazel or micellar water and apply it liberally once or twice daily. Dry and wrinkled skin benefit from patchouli, too; add 1 drop to your daily dose of facial moisturizer, blend it in with your finger, and apply as usual.

BLENDS WELL WITH
Bergamot
Cinnamon
Clary sage
Clove
Frankincense
Geranium
German chamomile
Ginger
Grapefruit
Lavender
Lemon
Lemongrass
Lime
Mandarin
Myrrh
Orange
Roman chamomile
Rosemary
Ylang-ylang
Yuzu

SUBSTITUTE WITH
Frankincense
Galbanum
Helichrysum
Hyssop
Lavender
Myrrh

HEALING PROPERTIES
Antidepressant
Antiemetic
Antifungal
Anti-inflammatory
Antimicrobial
Antiseptic
Antiviral
Aphrodisiac
Astringent
Calmative
Carminative
Cicatrizant
Deodorant
Digestive
Diuretic
Febrifuge
Fungicidal
Insect repellent
Insecticide
Sedative

IDEAL FOR TREATING
Athlete’s foot
Dandruff
Depression
Eczema
Hemorrhoids
Jock itch
Nail fungus
Ringworm
Yeast infection

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