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Patchouli Essential Oil: Its Origin, Uses, and Benefits

Common Name: Patchouli

Latin Name: Pogostemon cablin

Aromatherapy Uses: Patchouli Essential Oil can be used to reduce nervous stress, cure apathy, ease confusion and indecision, and rejuvenates a person. In addition, it is often used to reduce frigidity, perhaps because of its inherent seductive scent.

Discussion: Patchouli is both a plant and an essential oil derived from the leaves of that plant. The scent of patchouli is very strong, and some people find it offensive. It has been used for centuries in perfumes, and is grown in the East and West Indies.

Patchouli has found widespread use in modern industry. It is a component in about 1/3 of modern, high-end perfumes, including more than half of perfumes for men. It is also used as a scent in products like paper towels, laundry detergents, and air fresheners.

Oil Extraction Method: The essential oil is derived from the steam distillation of the dried leaves of the plant, which provides a relatively high yield of the oil in the process.

Oil Characteristics: Patchouli Essential Oil has an amber or dark yellow/orange color with a sweet, earthy scent.

Plant Distribution: Patchouli plants grow very well in southern climates. It is a native of Southern Asia, and produced in China, India, and South America. The oil is produced in various countries by distilling the dried leaves. For further information on Patchouli from Wikipedia, click here -> Patchouli

Scent Blending: Patchouli Essential Oil blends well with Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, and Sandalwood, among others.

Safety Notes: Non-irritating, non-sensitizing, non-toxic. If you have any illnesses such as cancer, liver problems, have seizures of any type, or are pregnant (not that that is an illness) – consult a qualified Aroma Therapist, or other qualified physician before using essential oils.

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