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Patchouli Essential Oil--Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil
Patchouli is recognized in aromatherapy as being an effective prophylactic which prevents dis-ease. A calming and warming essential oil, with a sweet earthy essence.
In aromatherapy, Patchouli is an excellent fixative that can help extend other essential oils.
Patchouli is a very fragrant aromatic herb with soft oval leaves and square mint like stems. The color of Patchouli oil is affected by the distillation machine and storage containers. If distillation is done or it is stored in Stainless steel then the color will be light, hence if done in Iron then the color will be darker.
Botanical Name: Pogostemon Cablin
According to Julie Lawless, patchouli essential oil can be good for acne, athlete's foot, chapped skin, dermatitis, eczema, fatigue, frigidity, hair care, insect repellant, mature skin, oily skin, stress. [The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]
Main Constituents: Patchoulol: 32.92%
Plant Part: Leaves
Processing Method: Steam Distilled The color of Patchouli oil is affected by the distillation machine and storage containers. If distillation is done or it is stored in Stainless steel then the color will be light, hence if done in Iron then the color will be darker.
Description / Color / Consistency: A thin, clear, amber liquid.
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: A base note with a medium earthy aroma.
The specific properties include use as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antitoxic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, nerving, prophylactic, stimulating and tonic agent.
Blends With: Bergamot, Cassia, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Opoponax, Orange, Rose, and Sandalwood.
Product Abstract: Before it became popular in Europe, Indian shawls and Indian ink were identified by the unique patchouli aroma.
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping), be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.