Patchouli Essential oil - Dark
Botanical binomial: Pogostemon cablin
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Other names: P. patchouly var. suavis
Country of Origin: Indonesia
Part of plant used in production: Sun dried leaves and young shoots
Methods of production: Steam Distillation
Description: A perennial herb growing up to 1 meter high with a sturdy, hairy stem, large, fragrant, furry leaves and white flowers.
Characteristics: Patchouli oil is a viscous dark orange or brown with a strong, earthy, sweet-herbaceous, woody-balsamic, long-lasting odor.
Properties: Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, insecticidal, sedative.
Constituents: Patchouli alcohol, guaiene, caryophyllene, bulnesene, seychellene, β-Patchouline, pogostol
Uses: Perfumery: including amber bases, woody bases, fougeres and chypres.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.
Interesting Facts: Patchouli was a renown antidote to snake and insect bites in India and China. In the Victorian era, it was used to treat Indian carpets from deteriorating from insects and fungi.
Safety: A 10% dilution is recommended. Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant. For topical uses only. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth.