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Patchouli has been used for thousands of years and was very valuable. Early European traders actually exchanged 1 pound of patchouli for a pound of gold.
Patchouli oil has long been used in traditional Asian medicine, especially in Malaysia, China and Japan. It is used to treat skin and hair problems, such as dermatitis, eczema, acne, dry chapped skin, dandruff, and oily scalp.
It also has wound healing and scar reducing properties,as well as aphrodisiac effects. The link to sexual desire likely originated from India, where it is used in Tantric sexual practices.
Patchouli oil is also popularly used as a fabric fragrance, a practice that dates back to 19th century India. Manufacturers used it as a moth repellent for fabrics that are exported to other countries.
In aromatherapy,patchouli oil is said to help relieve anxiety, stress and depression. Its calming effect is very effective for relaxation and meditation.
Botanical name:Pogostemon cablin
Extraction method:Steam distilled
Strength of aroma:Medium
Aromatic scent:Rich, warm, woody and earthy aroma.
Caution: Non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising, Avoid during pregnancy.