With its earthy and deep aroma, it is surprising that patchouli oil comes from the green leaves of a plant in the mint family. Patchouli was used in colonial times to ward off moths from fine clothing and rugs. It can also repel a variety of other insects. In addition, It has shown antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial action. Its incense is well known as a mood relaxer.
Patchouli incense was an aroma adored during the hippy movement of the 1960's and 70's.
A few dozen research articles have been catalogued for patchouli. It has been researched as an antimicrobial and insect repellent. It has also shown some in vitro cancer fighting potential and has antioxidant capabilities. While one research study categorized patchouli as a stimulant, more research has shown it as having a calming aroma that can help reduce anxiety. More research and human studies are warranted. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Pogostemon cablin
Patchouli is a two to three foot tall herb with furry oval leaves dotted on the underside, with a square stem, and white flowers.
Leaves are steam distilled to create a yellow brown oil that stains the blotter. It is earthy, musky, rich, sweet, and long lasting. Patchouli darkens and improves with age.