Patchouli, Pogostemon cablin.
This oil is also known as “hippy oil”and I LOVE it! My absolute favorite and most used oil. The aroma is very unique and it’s usually a love it or hate scent. It’s slightly sweet, peppery, earthy, woodsy, spicy and balsamic. It’s rich, intense and complex.
It has a wide variety of therapeutic benefits. It has anti-inflammatory and Analgesic (pain relieving) properties. It’s antibacterial and anti-fungal. It’s known to be an antispasmodic and immunostimulant. The scent has a calming effect and CNS sedative effect to help counteract depression. In traditional medicine, it’s regarded as a cooling remedy. It’s also very nourishing for your skin, it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory actions cam promote skin healing.
The main chemical families that make up patchouli are sesquiterpenes and sesquiterpenols. Both components tend to be energetic and emotionally grounding. Sesquiterpenes have a higher shelf life, roughly 6-8 years. Their molecular make up is is bigger and heavier which decreases their volatility giving them a longer lasting scent. Sesquiterpenol oils are considered to be grounding, sedative, skin-healing, and anti-inflammatory. They provide terrain support – which is the whole being including the mind, the body and one’s energy. They also are bigger and heavier with a longer lasting scent and shelf life.
It’s emotional qualities can help to balance an overactive mind, reduce nervous strain, connect with oneself, counteract feelings of anxiety.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to use with recipes below.
– it’s an amazing bug repellent
– can be used for cleaning most surfaces
– uplifting, anxiety reducing diffuser blend
– skin conditions such as scars, sores, and wounds
– headache relief
– help with natural nail growth
– for meditation
*Add directly into your favorite face cream. Start with 3-5 drops in 1ounce cream.
*Bug Repellent: To a 2oz spray bottle add 4d Patchouli, 5d Cedarwood, 3D Eucalyptus, 2d Spikenard top with water, spray on clothes and skin freely.
*Room Spray: Add 10d Patchouli and 10d Sweet Orange to 16 ounces of water, you will need to shake each time you use to distribute the oils into the water. It leaves your home spelling ah-mazing.
*My favorite Diffuse blend is 3d Lavender, 3d Lemon, 2d Patchouli
*Add up to 18d oil to 1oz carrier for a stronger dilution for acute pain or skin conditions and headaches. I like Jojoba oil. Then for a headache I massage into my temples and neck. It blends well with Lavender oil, Frankincense oil and Neroli.
*For nail growth, Add 1 drop of carrier oil onto cotton ball and then a drop of Patchouli and a drop of Lemon. Then rub onto cuticle and nail bed.
*For meditation, I add to the Lava Beads on my bracelet but you could Diffuse with some Frankincense or Myrrh or all 3. You can also add a drop onto a tissue and inhale for several breathes.
I hope this influences you to give Patchouli a try in at least one way. It won’t turn you into a hippy running around in a floral skirt and bare feet, unless of course you are into that. If so…..then run FREE!!!!
Until next time,
Much Aromalove ❤️
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. My products and posts are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent diseases. They are not a replacement for doctor prescribed treatment and medication. Not intended for use on small children unless otherwise noted. If you are pregnant, nursing or under the care of a physician for chronic issues, please consult them prior to trying any essential oil products. All products/recommendations are for external use only.
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