Patchouli is a rich, aromatic essential oil that harmonises and restores mind, body, and spirit.
We source ours in its native Indonesia, where the patchouli oil is steam-distilled leaves from the patchouli shrub.
This restorative plant has long been used by Arab, Chinese and Indian cultures for incense, insect repellant, perfumed ink for scrolls, and toiletries and perfumes. It is incorporated into the traditional medicinal systems of the Malaysian, Chinese, and Japanese cultures. In TCM, patchouli’s powers are used to treat colds, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and tummy aches.
BENEFITS Patchouli is antiseptic and a fungicide, recommended for treating sores, scars, dandruff, eczema and fungal skin infections. In skincare, patchouli oil is best known as a regenerator and disinfectant.
We use it extensively in our Nightshade range, and love patchouli for its antidepressant, aphrodisiac, and sedative properties. It is wonderfully grounding, helping us to slow down mental chatter, diminishing stress and anxiety.
Patchouli oil being yin and yang in nature stimulates the libido with its earthy, musky nature, helping to still restlessness and dissolve negativity, so that you may better connect with you(hidden) sensuality, and that of your partner’s. Patchouli is a great confidence booster that helps you reconnect with yourself and others.
Patchouli is traditionally used in Asia to repel moths and small insects.