All You Need to Know About Patchouli!


Aroma: earthy, sweet, woody
About the Name: the name patchouli comes from a Tamil word, paccilai, meaning “green leaf.”


The smell of patchouli is strongly associated with the “hippie” crowd of the 60s when it was used to evoke a mood of warmth, togetherness, and a more organic lifestyle. It has a distinctively sweet and earthy smell that is long-lasting and unlike other essential oils, patchouli actually improves with age. In aromatherapy, patchouli is considered a great balancing and grounding oil. Its effect on the emotions helps relieve depression, anxiety, and banishes lethargy. It slows the mind and stops negative thoughts, therefore ushering in positive ones. You don’t need a lot of this oil, a few drops go a long way.

Patchouli at bedtime helps with insomnia. If you are looking to relax after a long day and want to try something different from lavender, try patchouli. Patchouli has so many positive benefits – this oil was created to keep you full of joy. Many complain about the smell, but if you can get past the smell, patchouli is said to be an oil of prosperity and abundance. Keep it handy as it has magical powers. All hail patchouli!

Blends Well With:
Bergamot, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, rose absolute, sweet orange

“Patchouli has always been a part of my fragrance, like a line through my life.” Julia Roberts


Quick Tips:

– For skin support apply 3 drops with gentle massage for that glow!
– Add to your hair products for healthier hair.
– For emotional support/perfume, apply topically using 4-5 drops in about 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
and rub on your wrist or the back of the neck.


– Do not take any essential oils internally.
– Do not use essential oils undiluted on skin.
– Test diluted essential oils on skin area before general use.
– Use photosensitizing essential oils cautiously. (i.e. lemon, lime, grapefruit)
– Consult with a health practitioner before use if pregnant, nursing, suffering
from any medical condition, or taking medication.
– Keep essential oils out of reach of children
– Do not use essential oils internally.
– Less is more – don’t overuse essential oils.

References (3)
1. Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and
Aromatherapy, 1991
2. Keville, K. Aromatherapy, A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, The Crossing press,
USA, 1995
3. Mojay G. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Henry Holt and Company Inc., England, 1996

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