Patchouli essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and flowers of a medium sized leafy bush with small pinkish-white flowers. The plant is of the mint family and is native to the tropical regions of Asia. There are three primary species of the plant, cablin, heyneanus, and hortenis. Many essential oils come from the heyneanus which is a less effective oil. dōTERRA uses the oil distilled from the cablin species that produces the best essential oil and has a noticeably different odor than the inferior oils.
Patchouli, as with other oils, has a variety of properties leading to many uses. The heavy musky odor helps many control anxiety or fight depression. Aromatically it is also effective with breathing disorders. Because of its antibacterial properties it may be applied topically to wounds and has the added benefit of regeneration of skin tissue thereby reducing scarring. It may also be used topically for insect and snake bites. Further, for the skin, it is a great cleansing agent and has been suggested for acne, dermatitis, eczema and even hemorrhoids.
Patchouli’s musky, earthy aroma is quite exotic, with sensual properties. It’s very beneficial for the skin, helping to reduce a wrinkled or chapped appearance. It’s also a general tonic that helps with the digestive system and occasional queasiness.
In Eastern cultures, patchouli is commonly used around the house to provide general support for health, and to help release negative emotions, so that problems can be kept in proportio
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