Patchouli essential oil, extracted from the dried leaves of the patchouli plant, has a rich, earthy and sweet aroma that is commonly used in perfumes and incense sticks.
Patchouli is a popular aromatherapy oil as it has a calming effect that can be used aromatically to relieve feelings of anxiety and depression and improve sleep.
It has anti-inflammatory properties which make it a wonderful topical oil to treat gout, arthritic joints, sore muscles, and inflammatory skin conditions. Patchouli oil also has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties which can be used to treat skin and nail infections, acne, cuts and wounds.
Directions for use
Use patchouli oil topically by diluting 2-3 drops with a carrier oil and massaging it into joints, muscles, cuts, pimples and other skin areas. You can also dab some under the arms to use as a natural deodorant.
Add 1-2 drops to an oil burner or diffuser, or directly to your palms, to inhale the aroma and benefit from its mental and emotional properties. Add 5-10 drops of patchouli oil to a warm bath to soothe the body and mind.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.