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.
  • 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!


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) (2)

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. (1)

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. (3)

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. (2)

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. (1)

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. (3)

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. (2)

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. (3)

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. (2)

Heal Acne, Eczema or Damaged Skin

  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 4 drops Myrrh
  • 4 drops Frankincense
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Apply to affected areas.

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!


  1. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  2. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  3. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding




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