Essential Oil – Patchouli
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Patchouli Essential Oil
Latin Name Pogostemon Patchouli
A strong, earthy and exotic fragrance yet sweet and spicy too.
A bush plant with furry leaves, 4 inches ling and 5 inches across. The white flowers have a purple hue and the plant itself grows to about 3 feet. The oil is obtained from the young leaves which are dried and fermented prior to distillation. The oil, like a good wine, improves with age giving a fuller odour. Produced in India.
The name comes from Hindustan and the plant has a long history of medicinal use in Malaysia, China, India and Japan. IT was a renowned antidote against insect and snake bites. Dried patchouli leaves were placed amongst the folds of Indian cashmere shawls in Victorian times to protect from moths. In India, patchouli sachets are a popular way to perfume linen and keep an eye on bed bugs. A base fixative of oriental type perfumes, it was much in vogue during the 'Flower Power' era of the 1960's along with Sandalwood and Jasmine.
Promotes a balancing effect and banishes lethargy and sharpens wits.
Has a binding action which can be helpful for loose skin after dieting. Since it curbs the appetite it is probably useful for overall weight reduction. Helpful in cases of diarrhoea. Has diuretic properties which prove valuable for water retention and cellulite. Also said to offset heavy sweating, though has a deodorising action, helpful when feeling hot and bothered. There is some association between patchouli and increased libido. Its bracing action on the central nervous system may account for this.
Effect on skin
Tissue regenerator helping regrowth of skin cells and forming scar tissue. Cools inflamed conditions and heals rough, cracked skin, sores and wounds. Some relief may also be obtained for acne, eczema, fungal infections and scalp disorders. Good for mature and dry skins.
Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Litsea Cubeba, Myrrh, Rose, Rosewood, Scots Pine, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang.
Essential Oils to Avoid
Diabetes – Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon
Epilepsy – Eucalyptus, Fennel, Rosemary, Sage
High Blood Pressure – Rosemary
Pregnancy – Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Turmeric
Avoid all essential oils during the first three months of pregnancy.
Skin Sensitivity – Black pepper, Citronella, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Turmeric
Photosensitising Oils – Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin and Tangerine
They react to ultraviolet light making the skin more sensitive.
Avoid stimulants after using essential oils, especially alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. An aftercare advice sheet should be available after your first treatment.