March 29, 2019

Patchouli essential oil comes from a plant native to various regions across Asia. It is in the same plant family s mint, sage, and lavender. Patchouli is considered an herb and the oil is taken from a bushy plant with rigid stems. The plant grows to be two to three feet tall and produces small, pale pink flowers. The essential oil is extracted through steam distillation using the leaves. The leaves can be harvested numerous times a year and are dried before being exported.

Patchouli Essential Oil Aromatherapy Uses

The essential oil from the patchouli plant has been widely used in aromatherapy to treat a number of conditions including acne, anxiety, athlete’s foot, eczema, and insomnia. Patchouli oil is also good for repelling insects, promoting healing of wounds or burns, reducing inflammation, and alleviating stress. It’s also commonly used in beauty and skin-care products.

 

What types of things are Patchouli oil good for?

After a bit of research to find out what patchouli oil is good for, it’s likely it will become a regular in your home. Patchouli essential oilhas antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and mild sedating properties. It’s also beneficial for treating skin problems as well as healing wounds and fighting infections. It has been used commercially in disinfectants and cleaning products due to its insecticidal and fungicidal properties. Here are a few of the ways you can use patchouli EO.

  • Antidepressant and Mood Enhancer –Patchouli EO has a green, woodsy aroma that can uplift the mood, drive away anxiety, traumatic memories, thoughts of despair and fight off mental fatigue. Aromatherapists use it to help clients get over a sense of despair or loss. It has a mild sedative effect so it can help take the edge off sorrow and pain.
  • Antiseptic Properties of Patchouli EO – Patchouli essential oil can be used to make an antiseptic solution to use on wounds and cuts. Just mix a few drops in water and spray the affected area. The oil can help prevent infections while accelerating the healing process. This makes it a good choice for treating acne and chicken pox. Its ability to regenerate skin cells helps prevent scarring.
  • Fight off Anti-Fungal Infections –The anti-fungal properties of patchouli oil makes it a great choice for effectively fighting fungal infections. Add two or three drops of the EO to a teaspoon of olive oil. Use a cotton swab to apply the mixture to your nails two or three times a day to get rid of nail fungus. To get rid of athlete’s foot, make a foot bath and add a handful of sea salt along with 5 to 10 drops of patchouli essential oil.
  • Diffuse Patchouli EO to Reduce Inflammation – The anti-inflammatory properties of patchouli oil are beneficial for healing wounds, reducing the effect of allergic reactions, and providing relief from the itching and swelling associated with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Diffusing the oil can help reduce overall inflammation in the body which can lead to better health.
  • Fight Off Body Odor – The strong, distinctive smell of patchouli essential oil is uplifting for most people. However, some find it somewhat overpowering and repulsive. Due to its musky, sweet fragrance, it has been used widely in the perfume industry. The oil mixes well with cedarwood EO and geranium EO. To use patchouli EO to fight body odor, mix a few drops in your bath, or mix it with water and carrier oil in a spritz bottle and use it for an after-bath body spray. Make sure to use it sparingly until you determine the right amount for you.
  • Prevent Signs of Premature Aging – The healing properties of patchouli EO help heal injuries, prevent skin infections, and reduce scarring. It can also be used on the skin to retain a smooth appearance. It resists the formation of wrinkles. To use it as an anti-aging cream, mix a few drops of the essential oil in your regular oil, or mix it with the carrier oil of your choice and apply it as a night cream to protect against the effects of aging and prevent wrinkles.
  • Scalp Treatment -It can also be used for hair care. Just rub five to six drops of patchouli essential oil mixed with coconut oil into your scalp prior to washing your hair. It helps control dandruff and premature hair loss. It’s often called the “triple threat” when it comes to scalp care because of its fungicide, astringent, and antiseptic properties. These three properties are beneficial for treating a variety of scalp conditions including psoriasis, dandruff, and eczema.
  • Antidepressant – Patchouli essential oil is often used by aromatherapists for treating depression. The oil has a direct impact on hormones and encourages the body to release its natural anti-depressant hormones serotonin and dopamine. These hormones can help ease feelings of anxiety and anger. The oil is often used in meditations or prayer as it promotes an atmosphere of tranquility. Add five drops of patchouli oil to a diffuser or add about 10 drops to a warm bath.
  • Insect Repellant – One of the things patchouli oil is good for is repelling insects. To make your own insect repellant combine these ingredients in a spray bottle and apply before going outdoors. 10 drops of patchouli EO and grapefruit EO, 6 drops of lavender EO and clove EO and 4 ounces of a carrier oil like sunflower oil or almond oil.

 

Are there any side effects to using patchouli EO?

Even though patchouli essential oil is safe to use when it is used in regulated amounts, it is not advisable to use it for children under 6 years old. Since there isn’t scientific evidence regarding its safety around women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or children please use caution and regulate the dosage.

The oil has sedative effects and if used in large amounts, it could alter energy levels. When using it topically, start off by diluting small amounts with water to be sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.


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