Patchouli oil has been used by many cultures for centuries from the Mesopotamians, Chinese, Indians, Egyptians and the Romans. In Victorian times Patchouli Essential Oil became the standard by which fabrics would be judged as being true oriental fabrics. This was down to the fact that patchouli was placed between Indian cashmere shawls before being sent to Victorian England. They did this as a way to protect the merchandise from moths and other insects.

In modern day times, patchouli oil is commonly associated with the hippy generation and is known as the scent from the sixties. Patchouli Essential Oil boasts a warm, musky-sweet, spicy and sensual scent and is often used as a base note for most perfumes and acts as a fixative. The patchouli plant is a close relative of the lavender, mint and sage families. Patchouli essential oil is extracted by the steam distillation of fermented and dried leaves of the patchouli plant.

Therapeutic properties

  • Used in bath water, it is believed to help skin and scalp complaints
  • Fungal infections
  • Fluid retention,
  • Break down cellulite
  • Ease constipation
  • It is much valued in skin care, especially in scar healing
  • The oil is said to have a balancing effect on the emotions and create an amorous atmosphere

How you can use Patchouli Essential Oil

  • In eastern countries, patchouli oil is used in sachets between linen and clothes for the fragrance and to keep bedbugs and insects away.
  • When used in an oil burner, it eases anxiety and depression.
  • Used in bath water, it is believed to help skin and scalp complaints.
  • It has excellent tissue regenerating properties, speeds up healing and fights infections.
  • Thus, it helps acne, eczema, weeping sores, ulcers, and athlete’s foot.

Air Freshener

Patchouli Essential Oil can be used as a natural perfume and air freshener to create a relaxing atmosphere in the home. Simply add a few drops to potpourri or mix a few drops with water and spritz the air.

To use as a Natural Cleaner

As patchouli oil has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties it makes a great natural cleaner for your home. A spray cleaner can be made by mixing 10 drops of Patchouli Essential Oil with 10 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil and diluting with 500ml water in a spray bottle. This can be used to clean any surfaces in the home including worktops, walls, and floors.

An Insect Repellent

There are many essential oils that are used as natural insect repellents and patchouli oil is definitely up for the job. Try mixing a few drops in a carrier oil and apply to the skin, you can also add to an oil burner or vaporiser to keep insects out of your home!

Body Massage Oil

Patchouli oil provides the skin with many benefits and is often used by skincare companies; to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes. Used as a massage oil 1 to 2 drops of patchouli oil can be diluted with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil before being applied to the body. It is beneficial for all skin types and can also be massaged into the face to relieve dryness or to balance oily and acne-prone skin.