Aroma: Earthy, spicy, and musky
Parts Used: Dried and cured leaves
Traditional Use: Extensively used in cosmetic preparations, and as a fixative in soaps and perfumes.
Benefits: Acne, anxiety, athlete's foot, bacterial infections, constipation, cracked and chapped skin, dandruff, depression, dermatitis, dry skin, eczema (weeping), edema, frigidity, fungal infections, helps eliminate toxins, impetigo, insect repellant and bites, nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions, obesity, oily hair and skin, open pores, parasites, ringworm, sagging skin, stress-related emotional disorders, substance addictions, uterine tonic, wrinkles, and wounds.
Of Interest: It is one of the few essential oils with the distinction of improving with age. Possibly originated in Malaysia although the word apparently comes from the south Indian Tamil language, patch, meaning “green,” and ilai meaning “leaf.” As well as for perfume and medicine, patchouli is used for scenting carpets, shawls and woven materials, and for perfuming ink.
Safety Data: Non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted and they should not be used via direct inhalation. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).