Active Ingredient: Patchalol: 30.02%
Botanical Name: Pogostemon Cablin
Plant Part: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: Patchouli is an aromatic perennial shrub belonging to the mint family. It has large green petals and white-pink flowers. The plant can reach to 2 to 3 feet (1 meter) in height and is native to Asian Regions where the climate is warm. The color of the patchouli essential 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: Golden orange to dark reddish brown viscous liquid
Common Uses: Patchouli is sought after for its antiseptic properties and aromatherapists recognize Patchouli as antidepressant, deodorant, sedative, fungicide & anti-inflammatory. It also has diuretic properties which make it useful in cases of fluid retention and cellulite. It helps stimulate renewal of skin cells, assist in healing rough, cracked skin, sores and wounds. It also has uplifting and calming properties that help control depression; anxiety and most stress related emotions. In aromatherapy, Patchouli is an excellent fixative that can help extend other, more expensive oils. 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.
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: The word Patchouli originated in Hindustan. It has been used in many cultures to prevent the spread of diseases and infections. Patchouli was introduced to the British Culture in the 1820’s for its cleansing abilities. In the 1960’s and 1970’s it became in great demand again in the US and Europe, especially due to the hippie movement. The clothing and fabrics imported from India were identified by the unique patchouli odor because it was used as a moth repellent, hence the association with that movement.
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