Digging Deeper Into Herbs and Oils, Natural Living, Wellness

Digging Deeper: Patchouli

Who’s ready to dig deeper into Patchouli?

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Patchouli Oil
(Pogostemon cablin)

This oil is one of a handful that most people have heard of and have some experience with. It is a member of the mint family but gives off a much more complex, musky scent than its kin.

Growing up, it was always called The Hippy Oil because it was known, or at least purported, to mask the scent of marijuana. Maybe it smelled like the marijuana. Or maybe the smokers just used a lot of Patchouli until the two smells became twisted. Either way it was one of those long haired hippy stories that the well groomed, obviously non-hippy elders told. I think it was supposed to be disdainful but it always made me smile and dream of becoming a hippy myself.

At any rate, with its rich history and unique scent profile, Patchouli will forever be aligned with wild women, rebels, free spirits, and those longing for a more awakened society. Diffuse or apply during meditation or yoga. Also add it to your skin or hair routine for youthful glow and shine.

While Patchouli oil is known as an all-purpose insect repellent, it is also highly prized in the perfumery industry. Patchouli has many benefits for chapped and wrinkled skin.

Medical Properties: Relaxant, antitumoral, digestive aid that combats nausea, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, insecticidal, prevents wrinkles and chapped skin, relieves itching

Uses: Hypertension, inflammatory bowel disease, skin conditions (exzema, acne), fluid retention, Listeria infection, insect repellent

Fragrant Influence: A relaxant that clarifies thoughts, allowing the discarding of jealousies, obsessions, and insecurities

Excerpted from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition

Thank you for joining me in digging deeper into Patchouli. I hope you enjoy this sweet oil as much as we do.

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Finally, the obligatory disclaimer.

I am not a doctor. None of the statements included in this post have been approved by the FDA or any other cool acronym known agency. It is Young Living’s official stance that they and these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any specific disease or illness. Young Living Independent Distributor #14632733

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