“Mesmerized with its enlivening fragrance, I would ask you to wear the aroma of Patchouli essential oil on your wrists as it will help you better to fight the challenges of your busy day better than your wrist watch could do.”
Botanical name: Pogostemon cablin
Patchouli essential oil, the phenomenal oil with extraordinary health benefits is often neglected and fails to attract the aroma lovers unlike Lavender and Rose oils, as many believe that it has a strong misty fragrance. If you ask me the best thing about Patchouli oil, I would rather say that it is an instant remedy for fighting and fixing anxiety and help you stay relaxed all day long when rubbed on your wrist as a stimulating perfume.
Patchouli is also known as patchouly and belongs to the genus Pogostemon. This species is a bush-like herb from the mint family having straight or upright stems that grow up to a height of around two to three feet. Patchouli plant produces tiny pinkish-white blossoms and is indigenous to numerous places in Asia. The herb is grown extensively in the tropical areas of the continent, including India, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Mauritius, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam for the aromatic essential oil enclosed by it. It is also found growing in some regions of West Africa. This aromatic herb has derived its name from the Tamil words ‘patchai’ denoting green and ‘ellai’ meaning leaf. Many of us still remember Patchouli as the significant incense of the 60s and 70s where it was used by people to cover up the smell of their smoking. It was traditionally used as an effectual aphrodisiac in perfumes and as a powerful moth repellant. But the truth is that Patchouli oil has its roots vested deeply in the field of Ayurveda for more than 5000 years for treating innumerable health conditions since the primordial times.
Patchouli essential oil has the potential to cure as well as prevent several medical conditions. It is extensively used in aromatherapy by means of inhalation, vaporization, bathing, massage and spray. Below is a brief discussion on the condition specific uses of this essential oil, which you may find interesting and useful.
- The essential oil obtained from the leaves of the patchouli plant is an effective anti-inflammatory agent and beneficial for people suffering from fever. It not only helps to diminish inflammation due to fevers, but also helps to avoid the ulcers and wounds becoming infected. This action of the oil is effective in preventing the wounds and ulcers from getting septic.
- Patchouli essential oil is believed to possess aphrodisiac properties that help to stimulate craving for sexual activities. This oil is frequently recommended for treating conditions, such as erectile dysfunction (ED), impotency and loss of interest in sexual activities as well as other problems associated with these disorders.
- Patchouli essential oil has also been found to be a mild sedative and is effective in diminishing the intensity of epileptic attacks. In addition, the tranquilizing attribute of this essential oil is helpful in treating coughs and also reducing convulsions or spasms. The essential oil of patchouli is also a helpful remedy for allergies, as its use alleviates hypersensitivity of our body towards anything that has the potential to evoke allergic reactions.
- Having a good massage with this essential oil helps to loosen the tired muscles, combat exhaustion, alleviate mental tension and stress as well as invigorate the body as well as the mind. In fact, patchouli body oils are very trendy.
Blends well with
wounds and sores
Patchouli essential oil, which is highly used by the perfumery industry, is often sold adulterated. Often totally different oil is sold to unassuming customers as the essential oil obtained from cubeb, a different herb grown in the tropical climatic regions. Even cedar oil is also camouflaged as patchouli essential oil. Therefore, it is important to be cautious while purchasing patchouli essential oil.