The scent of patchouli has one of the strongest mental associations of any plant. In historical trade its leaves were tucked between the folds of textiles exports from the Far East to ward off insects. Since costly shipments were more likely to garner protection, the scent was associated with luxurious silks, carpets, and clothing. French and English merchants even used it to try to pass off their own products as oriental, as the smell inferred authenticity. It was once exchanged pound for pound with gold, and rumors say King Tut arranged to have gallons of it sealed in his tomb. For many, though, patchouli’s immediate affiliation is as the “scent of the sixties”, when it was wildly popular and linked to the hippie movement.
With musky overtones and antiseptic properties, patchouli has flourished in the soap, perfume, and deodorant industries. The Hindi word ‘pacholi’ literally means “to scent” and is thought to be its etymological root. The plant is also used in skin care, where it can fight fungal infections, dandruff, eczema, and more. It is repeatedly mentioned in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia and in proprietary treatments for dampness elimination, nerve and fatigue alleviation, indigestion, headaches, and fevers.
One of few oils that gains value with age, patchouli has been wildly popular throughout history and still holds an important place in holistic health today. It has helped fight the infections that lead to fevers and been used as a chest rub for oncoming colds. Additionally, patchouli oil may relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Its sedative and entrancing effects can be relevant while praying or meditating and it has been known to ease feelings of loss or sadness, remove tension, and uplift the spirit.
Organic patchouli essential oil from Prana Organic Plant Oils is an aromatherapy favorite. You will absolutely love the deep rich complex scent of this oil.
- Common Name: Patchouli
- Botanical Name: Pogostemon cablin
- Country of Origin: India
- Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
- Plant Part: Leaves
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