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Patchouli

  • Aromatic description
    • In perfumery, patchouli possesses powerful fixative properties. This musty, earthy scent is a base note in one-third of womens fragrances and half of mens fragrances. Patchouli adds woodsy, earthy notes to any composition and blends well with lemongrass, rose, sandalwood and vetiver.
  • General
    • The patchouli bush has pointy leaves with white flowers and a powerful aroma that is musky, earthy, spicy and very lingering.
  • Aromatherapy class
    • Chypre
  • Aromatherapy class
    • 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.
  • Traditional uses
    • 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 athleteďż˝s 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.