Patchouli (or Patchouly)
Botanical Family: Labiatae (mint)
Extraction Method: Steam-distilled from leaves
Common Primary Uses: Diuretic, Fever, Mosquito Repellent, Termite Repellent
Common Application Methods: Patchouli can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points.
Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Take in capsules.
Properties: Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic, antitoxic, astringent, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, insecticidal, stimulant (digestive), and tonic.
Historical Uses: For centuries, the Asian people used patchouli to fight infection, cool fevers, tone the skin (and entire body), and to act as an antidote for insect and snake bites. It was also used to treat colds, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and halitosis (bad breath).
French Medicinal Uses: Allergies, dermatitis, eczema, hemorrhoids, tissue regeneration.
Other Possible Uses: Patchouli oil is a digester of toxic material in the body. It may also help acne, appetite (curbs), bites (insect and snake), cellulite, congestion, dandruff, depression, digestive system, relieve itching from hives, mastitis, skin conditions (chapped and tightens loose skin), UV radiation (protects against), water retention, weeping wounds, weight reduction, and wrinkles prevention.
Body System(s) Affected: Skin.
Aromatic Influence: It is sedating, calming, and relaxing––allowing it to reduce anxiety. It may have some particular influence on sex, physical energy, and money.
Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Patchouli oil, in general, is approved by the FDA for use as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.
Blend Classification: Enhancer
Blends With: Bergamot, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, lemongrass, myrrh, pine, rosewood, sandalwood.