In perfumery, patchouli possesses powerful fixative properties. This musty, earthy scent is a base note in one-third of womenís fragrances and half of menís fragrances. Patchouli adds woodsy, earthy notes to any composition and blends well with lemongrass, rose, sandalwood and vetiver.
The patchouli bush has pointy leaves with white flowers and a powerful aroma that is musky, earthy, spicy and very lingering.
The method of extraction is steam distillation from dried, fermented leaves. A resinoid that is also produced is mainly used as a fixative.
Attributes & characteristics
The word patchouli originated in Hindustan. The oil has been used medicinally in Malaysia, India, China and Japan for headaches, nausea, colds, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Patchouli can cool inflamed skin conditions and help heal cracked, dry skin, sores and wounds. It can also help with acne, eczema, fungal infections such as athleteís foot, psoriasis and problems with dry scalp.
Psychological & Emotional uses
Both grounding and balancing, patchouli helps stimulate and strengthen the nervous system if used in moderation. It is a sedative if used excessively.
Effects on the skin
Cautions: None Known.
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