Patchouli Oil is extracted from the Pogostemon cablin plant of the mint family and has a rich musky-sweet, spicy smell. The plant is native to Malaysia and India, where it is known as 'puchaput'. Patchouli oil is extracted from the young leaves, which are dried and fermented before steam distillation.
- In eastern countries, patchouli oil is used in pot pourris and sachets between linen and clothes for the fragrance as well as to keep bedbugs and insects away.
- The oil is said to have a balancing effect on the emotions and create an amorous atmosphere. When used in an oil burner, it helps to ease anxiety and depression.
- You can also add a few drops of the oil in a running bath. It is believed to help skin and scalp complaints, fungal infections, fluid retention, break down cellulite and ease constipation. It has excellent tissue regenerating properties, speeds up healing and fights infections.
Note: Always do a patch test before applying on skin and stop immediately if you face skin irritation. Avoid internal use without expert advice. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.