Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin) essential oil is one of my favorites, however, many people seem to have either a really strong like OR dislike for this oil. Yes, it may bring back memories of our weird “Uncle Larry” who never really “came back” from Woodstock, but are you aware of its many beautiful therapeutic and energetic qualities?
Patchouli is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant and has a very earthy, spicy, sweet, herbaceous, musky, rich aroma. It is one of the very few essential oils which actually gets better with age, so we don’t kneed to worry about shelf life as we do with most essential oils. I have heard of people who are fortunate enough to own bottles of 25+ years old Patchouli, and it smells incredible.
Therapeutically, I love using Patchouli to help clients who are facing situational depression and/or anxiety. It is a great choice to help those who tend to overthink and worry excessively. Patchouli also has some very beneficial skin healing abilities, especially when the skin is cracked and sore – an excellent choice when blending for eczema. Patchouli is also an great choice when creating natural inspect repellents.
Energetically, Patchouli can offer support when balancing our 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 7th chakras. It gently stimulates out senses and can also be used as an aphrodisiac.
If you aren’t a huge fan of Patchouli, try blending with some other essential oils, and you maybe surprised that you actually begin to enjoy it! Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), Rose (Rosa damascena), and Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) all blend beautifully with Patchouli.
I urge you to discover this special essential oil if you aren’t familiar with it, and if you think you don’t love Patchouli, give it another chance; it’s not just for “hippies” anymore!