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Patchouli Oil, Some Uses

Patchouli Oil, Some Uses

The exotic nature of Patchouli oil (Pogostemon cablin) makes you think of beautiful faraway lands like India, the Philippines and Indonesia. Long used for perfume, often to mask unpleasant aromas, it has been a common staple oil in the east. In fact, many people would refuse to buy clothing that was not scented with Patchouli.

Aromatic influences: Diminish depression and eases anxiety.  Assist in stress-related conditions, sharpening intellect, improving concentration, energy, and may increase the money flow. Assertiveness, contentment, positivity.

Combines well with:

Vetiver, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Geranium, Clove Bud, Lavender, Rose, Neroli, Cassia, Bergamot, Myrrh, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Frankincense, Orange, Tangerine, Lime, Palmarosa, Cinnamon Bark

Ways to use it

  • G.R.A.S.
  • Non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Safe for all skin types.
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Helps alleviate depression and anxiety.
  • Brings you in touch with your earthy, sensual nature, particularly when you are over-intellectualizing things.
  • Can help reduce the appetite. Can also help treat fluid retention.
  • Is a mild aphrodisiac.
  • Good to use in meditations.
  • The longer you have it, the stronger the scent gets so pay attention to  how long you’ve had the oil. If you’ve had it a year or more, you might need to decrease the amount you use in the recipe.
  • Can be used to help protect clothing from moths. Add several drops to a cedar block or make yourself a scented sachet to put with your clothes that you are storing.
  • Good to use when treating athlete’s foot, and other fungi.
  • Have fun with it!

Recipes

Here are a few recipes involving Patchouli oil. To check for more, you can click on Patchouli in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Insect Repellent

  • 100 drops Jojoba
  • 100 drops Lavender
  • 50 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
  • 50 drops Lemongrass
  • 50 drops Patchouli
  • 50 drops Cajeput
  • 2 ounces Vodka

To deter insects, spray the mist on the exposed areas of the body before going outdoors. Rub Jojoba oil into the skin prior to spraying the formula. Spray a minimal amount. Avoid misting on the face. Instead, apply the following formula to the face:

  • 4 drops Sandalwood
  • 4 drops Cajeput
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 teaspoons F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil) (9)

Calming Spray

  • 20 drops Patchouli
  • 20 drops Clary Sage
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 4 ounces pure water

Add formula to a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Spritz room when needed and inhale the scent deeply. (2)

Soothe Nerves and Emotional Stress Bath

  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba or 1 cup Epsom Salts

Dissolve essential oils into jojoba or the epsom salts and add to a warm/hot bath. Soak for at least 20 minutes for maximum benefit. (10)

Soothe and Nourish Tired-Looking, Dry Skin

  • 4 drops Sandalwood
  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 4 drops Orange
  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower oil (Can use Olive oil or Vitamin E oil)

Wash face and smooth blend on with upward movements. (10)

Mint Air Freshener

  • 40 drops Peppermint
  • 40 drops Caraway
  • 20 drops Petitgrain
  • 10 drops Spearmint
  • 10 drops Patchouli
  • 4 ounces pure water

Add formula to 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use and liberally spritz room. (9)

Sleep Supporter Room Spray

  • 20 drops Patchouli
  • 20 drops Orange
  • 20 drops Clary Sage
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 4 ounces pure water

Add formula to a 4 ounce, fine mist spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Liberally spritz room before going to bed. (2)

Increase Sexual Energy and Encourage Emotional Confidence Massage

  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 2 drops Rose
  • 6 drops Orange
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Mix formula and massage into areas of tension or ask your partner to apply it in a relaxing back massage. (10)

Minty Body Powder

  • 15 drops Spearmint
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 5 drops Patchouli
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 2 tablespoons Corn Starch

Measure corn starch into a wide mouth, glass jar or clean, glass spice container. Add essential oils, seal jar tightly and allow to sit for a day. Shake well before using. (9)

Foot Powder

  • 10 drops Grapefruit
  • 10 drops Spruce
  • 5 drops Patchouli
  • 5 drops Lemongrass
  • 2 tablespoons Corn Starch

Measure corn starch into a wide mouth, glass jar or clean, glass spice container. Add essential oils, seal jar tightly and allow to sit for a day. Shake well before using. Before applying the powder, rub in at least 5 drops Grapeseed oil with 3 drops Tolu Balsam on the bottom of each foot. (9)

Smooth Wrinkles from Dry Skin

  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 2 drops Jasmine
  • 6 drops Palmarosa
  • 1 tablespoon Olive OIl

Apply to clean face nightly. Massage using slow, even strokes. (10)

Bug Spray for Plants

  • 50 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 40 drops Patchouli
  • 4 ounces water

Fill 4 ounce fine mist spray bottle with formula. Shake well before every use. Use on plants already infested with insects. Mist the infected plants with as minimal amount as possible. Several applications, a few days apart, may be necessary. Can be used on indoor and outdoor plants. (9)

Heal Acne, Eczema or Damaged Skin

  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 4 drops Myrrh
  • 4 drops Frankincense
  • 1 tablespoon Skin Mousse

Apply to affected areas.

Homemade Skin Mousse
  • 3 1/2  teaspoons pure Aloe Vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba oil

Mix 3 teaspoons Aloe Vera gel and 1 teaspoon of Jojoba oil in a clean glass jar. Stir mixture with a spoon until it combines and thickens. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel and keep stirring. The mixture will suddenly go smooth and slack, taking on a opaque, pale cream color. Is approximately enough for 10 applications to face. Keep in a cool, dry place. (10)

Other suggestions

Here is what our RMO family members are saying about it on facebook:

  • SG: “I use it in my laundry when I wash sheets and pajamas. The scent helps all of us sleep better!  I use 2 drops Patchouli, 3 drops Clove Bud, 3 drops Cinnamon and 4 drops Red Mandarin in the final rinse of my laundry. I’ll also add them to an unscented dryer sheet.”
  • SMW: “I mix with Apple Cider Vinegar and spray underarm for deodorant.”
  • CJ: “I use it to keep bugs out of my clothes.”
  • RM: “I put a tiny bit in my hair after I get out of the shower. It makes it soft. (And seriously one drop will do it) Rub it together in your hands and scrunch it in your hair :)
  • CG: ” I love it as a perfume. It makes me smile & helps me to de-stress.”
  • TPW: ” LIttle bit on tummy for any upset I might have going on.”
  • HO: “My boyfriend uses it as deodorant.”

And finally,

Patchouli oil is a great one to keep as a staple in your oil collection. Let us know how it goes for you in your use. We’d love to hear from you!

References

  1. The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood, and Emotion by Valerie Ann Worwood
  2. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  5. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  7. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  8. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  9. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  10. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  11. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Neville and Mindy Green
  12. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Patricia Davis

 

 

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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
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