Chances are the word “patchouli” brings to mind hippies, free love, and an era of liberation. However, patchouli was used in the East long before the 1970’s to scent clothes and linen. In the 19th century, the British learned to identify patchouli as it was used to scent imported fabrics from India. While the musky, earthy scent of patchouli is most associated with fabrics, it has therapeutic properties as well. It’s an insect repellent, aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti fungal. It provides harmony to the body and spirit, and can even fight off body odor by performing as both a deodorant and antiperspirant. It also has the ability to diminish appetite, making it a friend to dieters all over the globe. Patchouli also has the rare distinction of actually improving with age; the older the oil, the more fuller the scent. Patchouli: it’s not just for hippies anymore.
Acne, antiperspirant, anxiety, athlete’s foot and other fungal infections, constipation, dandruff, deodorant, dermatitis, eczema, frigidity, insect bites, insect repellent, impotence, libido, loose skin, oily hair and skin, sexual anxiety, stress-related emotional disorders, water retention, weight loss and wounds.
Essential Oil Applications
For acne, dermatitis, and eczema, mix 2-3 drops with a carrier oil and dab on affected area. Can also be used neat. (Essential oils are highly concentrated plant oils. Read and follow instructions for use carefully.)
As an antiperspirant or deodorant, put 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and dab on underarms.
For athlete’s foot and other fungal infections, put 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and dab on affected area.
To alleviate anxiety, add 8-10 drops to bath water. Can also use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
For dandruff, mix 2-3 drops in unscented conditioner and apply to scalp. Leave on for 3-5 minutes, then rinse.
For constipation, add 8-10 drops in bath water and take a nice, long soak.
To repel insects, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. Can also be used on a cotton ball, then placed in a linen closet.
For insect bites, use 2-3 drops on a cotton ball; dab on affected area.
To balance libido, fight frigidity and impotence, and to ease sexual anxiety.
To tighten loose skin, especially after weight loss, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on body regularly. Can also use 8-10 drops in bath water.
For oily skin, put 2-3 drops on a wet cotton ball and dab on skin. For oily hair, add 2-3 drops to a nickel-sized amount of unscented shampoo. Shampoo as normal; rinse. To help alleviate stress-related emotional disorders, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
To complement a diet and exercise regimen, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser regularly to reduce appetite. Can also use 8-10 drops in a bath.
To ease water retention, use 8-10 drops in bath water or mix 2-3 drops with 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on body.
To clean wounds, put 2-3 drops on a wet cotton ball and dab affected area gently.
Mixes Well With:
Allspice, Atlas cedarwood, bergamot, cedarwood, cinnamon, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, orange, myrrh, palmarosa, pine, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, tangerine and ylang ylang.
Can be sedative if used in large amounts. Because patchouli can cause appetite loss, do not use if recovering from illness or if battling eating disorders.
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