History and uses of Patchouli
Patchouli oil is a popular essential oil that people either love or hate. This essential oil is well-known and has earned a reputation as being the “Scent of the Hippy Generation”. According to one source, it was originally used as a mask for the aroma of a beloved herb. However, its traditional use dates back hundreds of years, if not thousands. Patchouli oil is a well-known aromatherapy oil. It’s rich, sweet, earthy, and balancing energy has earned it a good reputation. This exotic scent can leave a lasting impression on the olfactory senses.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cublin) is a perennial herb that is native to Southeast Asia. It can be found wild in Sumatra, Java and at elevations of 3,000 to 6,000 feet. However, it is more common in lower tropical jungles. The bushy, 3 foot tall plant has a strong stem with soft, hairy, and sturdy leaves. The plant is usually cut twice or three times a year for essential oil production. The best quality oil comes from the leaves that were harvested during the wet season. Hand-picked leaves are bundled or bagged and left to dry in the shade for a few days. The oil is then extracted by steam distillation. (Patchouli oil can now be purchased as a CO2 extract in small quantities). The oil is extracted easier by the fermentation process, which softens the plant’s cell walls.
It’s easy cultivation and high oil yield keep the cost of genuine Patchouli essential oils low. Patchouli, like other essential oils, can improve with age. A properly aged Patchouli oil will be more valuable than one that is just a few years old. The oil loses its harshness over time and develops a sweet top flavor. The oil becomes darker in color and has a richer aroma as it ages. The oil’s principal constituents are Patchoulol (25-35%), Alpha -Bulnesene (12-20%) and Alpha -Guaiene + Seychellene (15-25%) respectively.
The scent of Patchouli, which is a natural moth repellent, was first used in clothing and cloth from India in 19th century. Patchouli became a sign of genuine ‘Oriental’ fabric. English and French garment manufacturers were required to use Patchouli in their imitations to ensure they were accepted on the domestic market. Patchouli oil is used in traditional medicine for centuries in Japan, China, and Malaysia. Patchouli is primarily used to treat skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. It may also be beneficial for dry chapped skin and other irritations. It may be used as a cell-rejuvenator to heal wounds and reduce scarring. It has been used to treat bites from snakes and insects.
Patchouli Oil is used in aromatherapy and perfumery.
Patchouli oil has been used in many perfumes as a base note and fixative. It slows down the evaporation other volatile oils, allowing for longer release of their aroma. Natural perfume blends can include a little patchouli to add a deep, earthy scent. It can be mixed with essential oils. Almost all of the common oils mentioned in this article include Vetiver and Rosemary, Sandalwood and Frankincense.
Patchouli, an essential oil in aromatherapy, is known to be a great balancer. It can relax and stimulate, making it particularly useful for those with weak immunity who have been exposed to anxiety and overwork. It is believed to bring harmony between the three main forces within the body, which are the Creative at the navel and the Heart center as well as transcendental wisdom a a the crown.
People with high levels of mental activity may find it difficult to relax and feel more in touch with their bodies and senses. It is a soothing aphrodisiac and can help those suffering from mental anguish, such as impotence, frigidity and sexual anxiety. Patchouli’s aphrodisiac and antidepressant effects are combined with its sweet, warm, spicy smell.
Patchouli is believed to bring prosperity and abundance. The oil can be used to infuse financial or other types of infusions in prayers and ceremonies by anyone who is able to see these possibilities. You can close your eyes and imagine all the riches they desire, then inhale the oil’s scent for a few moments.
Try these simple mixes:
Three parts Patchouli, one part Rosemary Cineol. This blend is very uplifting and combines the rich earthiness of Patchouli and the refreshing aroma of Rosemary. This scent can be used as a perfume or diffuser.
Try brightening your day with three parts Coriander and two parts Patchouli. This can lift spirits and remind you of the joy in living.
If you are feeling insecure about your senses, mix 1 part Geranium with 1 part Patchouli, and 1 part Bergamot. This simple, yet beautiful blend is great for feeling comfortable in your own skin.
Although it may be difficult to understand, many people who dislike Patchouli might actually enjoy it once they get to try a properly aged oil or beautifully blended oil.