Ingredient Spotlight – Patchouli

July 23, 2014

Ingredient Spotlight - Patchouli Oil;

What comes to mind when hear the word Patchouli? Drum circles? Incense? Haight and Ashbury? The 60’s?

Well friends, there is a lot more to Patchouli than the sweet smell of incense and free love.

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) is a large perennial that is a member of the labiatae family, which includes lavender, mint and sage. Its origin is traced to Southeast Asia. The oil extracted from the leaves of the plant is well-known for its deep, earthy and musky fragrance.

What are the patchouli plant properties?

It is anti-infectious, natural anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antitoxic, astringent, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, insecticidal, stimulant, relaxant, digestive aid and tonic.

Patchouli oil has upwards of 10 therapeutic properties!

  1. Patchouli oil is very effective in soothing rough, cracked and overly dehydrated skin.
  2. It is used to treat acne, psoriasis, eczema, and scalp disorders. The oil has antiseptic properties which really help with inflamed skin.
  3. Patchouli oil is a known anti-fungal making it a great choice for athlete’s feet.
  4. It is of great help for insect bites. It could also be used as an insect repellant.
  5. Patchouli oil has a grounding and balancing effect on the emotions and is known to fight depression and anxiety.
  6. It is known for its deodorizing properties, making it a great choice to ward off underarm odor.
  7. Patchouli oil, when used on the skin, is an excellent tissue regenerator and stimulates the growth of new skin cells.
  8. In wound healing, it not only promotes faster healing, but also helps to prevent ugly scarring when the wound heals.
  9. With its excellent diuretic properties, patchouli oil is effective in fighting water retention.
  10. Patchouli oil is also great to use to boost the immune system from the outside in. It can also help ease coughs and headaches through its smell alone!

This oil also assimilates toxic material in the body! Pretty amazing isn’t it? That’s why I choose to use it in my Orange Patchouli Walnut bar! It is such a versatile oil with a pleasant smell, and so many uplifting qualities. Why not try some?

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