Patchouli Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant, and has an earthy, sweet and woody aroma.

Patchouli oil has a long history of use in perfumes and for helping fight infections, cool fevers and tone skin (wrinkles, scars and cellulite). It’s been used to aid in wound healing, itch relief, mastitis, and may act as an antidote for insect and snake bites.

Patchouli oil has anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antitoxic, astringent, diuretic (reducing water weight) and insecticidal properties. It can also be used as a natural deodorant and decongestant, and has been used as a cell regenerator, as well as, to treat colds, headaches, nausea, digestive discomfort and acne.

Patchouli is a relaxing oil, which may make it helpful in calming anxiety and decreasing depression.

Patchouli oil can be applied topically, without dilution, to the area of concern or reflex points, diffused aromatically, inhaled directly or taken internally in capsules.

8 Uses for Patchouli Essential Oil

  1. Natural Insect Repellant Patchouli oil repels mosquitos, termites, fleas, ants, lice, moths and flies. Add 10 drops to a spray bottle, filled with water, and spray on skin, clothes, furniture, sheets and any other area of concern.
  2. Soothe Inflammation Patchouli oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe inflammation in the body. Rub 4 drops on feet, abdomen, low back and any other achy joint or area of concern.
  3. Mood Booster Patchouli is a calming oil. Diffuse 6 drops aromatically to encourage the release of serotonin and dopamine (feel good hormones) in the body,  and/or combine with lavender oil and add 5 drops of each to bathwater.
  4. Libido Booster Patchouli is a natural aphrodisiac and can help boost libido. Diffuse 5 drops aromatically and/or apply 3 drops topically to temples, back of neck and wrists.
  5. Skin Health Patchouli oil may be beneficial in wound healing, preventing wrinkles, decreasing cellulite and scars, treating acne and boosting new skin cell growth. Dilute with equal parts carrier oil and apply topically to skin and/or add a couple drops to face and body wash.
  6. Natural Deodorant Patchouli has a sweet, earthy, woody aroma and can be used to help mask body odor. Apply topically under arms and/or combine with a carrier oil and rub over body.
  7. Hair Health Patchouli oil may be effective at slowing and decreasing hair loss. Massage a few drops into scalp and/or add to conditioner.
  8. Natural Antibacterial Patchouli oil has been found to have very high antibacterial activity. It may be beneficial in helping treat wounds, sores, fungus and infections. Apply topically to area of concern.

Patchouli Essential Oil Precautions

Patchouli oil may inhibit blood clotting and, therefore, may interact with certain drugs. Check with your healthcare provider if you are taking prescription medications.

When using any essential oil, especially internally, use only the highest quality essential oils that are 100% certified therapeutic grade or organic to ensure you’re getting a 100% pure oil and not one with unwanted and harmful chemicals or toxins.

Quick Thoughts: Patchouli Essential Oil

  • Patchouli oil is commonly used in fragrances and soaps due to its sweet, earthy aroma.
  • Patchouli oil may be helpful as a natural insect repellant.
  • Patchouli oil has been clinically shown to have inflammatory cooling effects on the skin and body.
  • Patchouli oil has strong antibacterial properties.
  • Patchouli oil has many therapeutic uses, and may be nicknamed, “the digester of toxic materials within the body.”

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