This musky scented oil from the spectacular Patchouli flowers is well known as a perfume. In aromatherapy it is used for its profoundly relaxing, almost hypnotic effect. Many aromatherapists use it blended with a touch of sharp citrus as it makes an atmospheric room scent.
Source: It is cultivated in India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and South America.
Extraction: Patchouli essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the dried leaves and shoots of the bushy herb.
Aroma: Patchouli essential oil is heady, sensual, woody and musky.
Uses: Massage, baths, inhalation, vaporisation, poultice and compress.
Patchouli essential oil makes a relaxing or energising body massage, a therapeutic head and scalp massage and a good facial for oily or dry skin. Add few drops to a bath to stimulate and more to relax.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemongrass, May Chang, Mandarin, Myrrh, Neroli, Oakmoss, Opopanax, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood and Vetiver.
Caution: Patchouli essential oil is perfectly safe for home use as long as it is diluted properly before application.