What is Patchouli oil?A pillar plant in traditional Asian medicine, the patchouli oil has also been a valuable asset to have in times past; a pound of patchouli was equivalent to a pound of gold, in early European trade. Native to tropical Asia, the patchouli is an evergreen perennial herb, with a hairy sturdy stem, furry leaves, and white flowers kissed by a tinge of purple. Want to know something really cool? The patchouli oil stands out as the only oil that gets better with the passage of time; evolving into a tantalizing deep amber liquid, with a more appealing fragrance. The oil is extracted by steam distillation of the fermented leaves or flowers of the plant.
PropertiesThe oil is a deep orange liquid with a viscous feel, and a musky sweet herbaceous scent, reminiscent of wet earth. Approximately 40% of the oil is made up of patchouli alcohol (that's right folks, it has its own alcohol!), while the rest of it constitutes norpatchoulenol, patchoulene, pogostol, bulnese, bulnesol, guaiene, caryopyllene, and seychellene. This rich blend gives patchouli oil its amazing anti-aging and base note properties, alongside anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, carminative, antiviral, antitoxic, diuretic, aphrodisiac, febrifuge, nervine, and stimulant properties, among others.
- A skin test is recommended before using this oil, to avoid allergic reactions.
- Use with care around sensitive areas of the body.
- Pregnant women should consult with their doctors before using this oil.
Anti-agingPatchouli oil shares its anti-aging secrets with our skin, with its regenerative properties; the oil has regenerative properties that spur the growth of new skin cells, meaning your skin is always looking fresh. It has muscle contracting properties that will prevent sagging of your delightful skin. hey! More good news!! Patchouli oil works for every skin type (dry, oily, cracked etc.), so don't be shy. Let patchouli oil help you get, enhance or preserve that youthful, timeless, and plush skin you so deserve and desire.
Skin that fights infectionsTroubled by dermatitis, acne, ringworms?? Other bacterial or fungi based infections? Patchouli oil has you taken care of; it has strong antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties that will ensure your beautiful skin stays infection free as well.
Haircare treatmentPatchouli oil prevents hair loss with its muscle contraction properties, also treats your hair, getting rid of excess oil and dandruff. Leaving it shiny, firm and healthy. Your scalp gets a tune-up in the process too.
Anti-inflammatoryBeing a natural body defense, inflammation is almost always present when our internal or external health takes a hit. This oil helps fight inflammation, with its antiphlogistic properties.
Antiseptic, Antibacterial, AntifungalWounds and cuts can be nasty sights, but won't it be a relief to know they are clean and can't cause further damage? Patchouli oil cleans, disinfects and heals, a powerful triple threat. The oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, and regenerative properties. Keep fungal infections and virus attacks at bay too, with the antifungal and antiviral properties packed by this oil.
CarminativeExcess gas in the stomach is a very uncomfortable affair, and could ultimately be toxic to the system. Patchouli oil has carminative properties which help expulse excess gas in the stomach and consequently facilitates digestion.
Take out headachesCertain types of headaches are caused by inflammation of the sinuses. Patchouli oil just happens to have potent anti-inflammation properties. A must-have if you get sinus headaches.
FebrifugePatchouli oil is an anti-inflammatory, a diuretic, nervine, and a stimulant, a perfect blend for body temperature regulation, hence, perfect for combatting fevers as well.
DiureticThis oil promotes the production and elimination of urine in the body, increasing the rate of excretion of excess water, toxins and salts from the body. Useful when treating high blood pressure, kidney and liver disorders, or reducing edema.
- Patchouli oil when used in excess overstimulates the body and could sedate, instead of relaxing.
- Patchouli oil is potentially photosensitive and increases the rate and intensity of sunburn.
- This oil if ingested in high amounts can cause appetite loss in some people.