Patchouli Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
Patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin) has been popular for decades...I mean really, if you want to be "officially crunchy" it's pretty much a prerequisite to use before you can be admitted into the club. But other than covering up hippie body odor (which it does very well), it's actually used for many other things as well. Its aroma is very rich and earthy, with an herbal and balsamic scent. It's also a kind of "love it or hate it" oil, and you'll likely find people drawn to it or absolutely repulsed.
- Grounding, balancing effect on emotions
- Promotes a smooth, glowing complexion
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks
Emotionally, patchouli essential oil is also said to connect one to their own body, helping a person release patterns of shame or "not enough-ness", and feel more self-love and acceptance towards their physical self. It does this by acting as a grounding support, helping you to reconnect with and settle into your body. In this way it compliments exercises that encourage body mindfulness, such as tai chi or yoga asanas. It can also help to relieve feelings of anxiousness or stress, the things we often feel when we begin to disassociate and feel ungrounded or unbalanced.
Patchouli essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrrh, and Sandalwood. In addition to Patchouli essential oil, also consider trying Frankincense, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Wild Orange, and Lavender.
How to Use Patchouli Essential oil
Traditionally, patchouli essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Patchouli Essential Oil
Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
Popular Uses of Patchouli Essential Oil
- Combine with Peppermint and apply to the forehead, temples, or back of the neck to help with tension.
- Apply one to two drops to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, or problem skin areas, or add to your favorite moisturizer.
- Combine with Vetiver and apply to the bottoms of feet to help calm emotions.
- For wrinkles Consider applying 1-2 drops of patchouli essential oil to your daily skin care routine, or apply a small dab topically to acne prone areas as desired.
- For a grounding effect Add 1-2 drops to the palm of your hand, cup over the nose and mouth, and breathe naturally for several minutes. Or massage into the soles of the feet and back of the neck.
Inspiration for Using Patchouli Essential Oil
Hand Cream: Combine 1/2 cup olive oil with 1/4 cup coconut oil and beeswax, heat until combined. Then add 15 drops Patchouli and 10 White Fir essential oil.
Sleepytime Salve: Mix 1/2 cup coconut oil with 1/4 cup beeswax and heat until combined. Then while hot mix in 10 drops Patchouli and 15 drops Lavender essential oil.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils