The leaves of Pogostemoncablin an aromatic flowering plant of the mint family are a source of an essential oil that is used as fragrance in perfumes, cosmetics, and incense. Patchouli oil is believed to have received its name from the Hindi word “Patcholi,” meaning “to scent.”
Though the oil has been used for centuries, Patchouli essential oil was referred to as “The scent of the Sixties’ as was commonly associated with hippy generation for its warm, spicy, musky and sensuous scent. The Europeans traders used to exchange Patchouli for gold to keep their fabric scented. It is also believed that the Pharaoh Tutankhamun, better known as “King Tut,” was buried with 10 gallons of Patchouli essential oil inside his tomb.
Patchouli essential oil benefits both dry and oily skin and offers a grounding aroma for meditation. In addition, medical research with patchouli essential oil has shown anti-aging properties.
- Athlete’s foot
Botanical Name: Pogostemoncablin
Origin: Tropical Asia
Appearance: Light yellow to a deep amber or brown.
Plant part used: Leaves
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
This oil blends well with:
- Clary sage