Patchouli Light Essential Oil (Indonesia)
Active Ingredient: Patchoullol: 35%
Botanical Name: Pogostemon Cablin
Plant Part: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: Patchouli is a very fragrant herb with soft oval leaves and square stems. It grows from 2 to 3 feet in height and provides an unusual odor that is nonetheless characteristic of patchouli when the leaves are rubbed. The color of the patchouli oil is affected by the distillation machine. If distillation is done in a stainless steel vessel the color of the oil will be light, but if done in an iron vessel the color will be darker.
Color: Pale golden yellow viscous liquid.
Common Uses: Patchouli is recognized by aromatherapists as being effective for combating nervous disorders, helping with dandruff, sores, skin irritations and acne. The specific properties include use as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic, antimicrobal, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antitoxic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, nerving, prophylactic, stimulating and tonic agent. In the perfumery industry, it is interesting to note that Patchouli improves with age, and that the aged product is what is preferred over freshly harvested. In aromatherapy, Patchouli is an excellent fixative that can help extend other, more expensive oils.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Sandalwood, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Rose, Orange, Cassia. Myrrh, and Opoponax.
Aromatic Scent: Patchouli has a warm, earthy aroma with fresh fruit - like tones.
History: For centuries, patchouli oil has been used in the East to scent clothes and linen. In China, Japan and Malaysia the oil was used to treat colds, headaches, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain. In the 1960s, patchouli became popular as an aphrodisiac.