Patchouli is a very fragrant herb with soft oval leaves and square stems. It grows from 2 to 3 feet in height and provides an unusual odour that is nonetheless characteristic of patchouli when the leaves are rubbed.
Botanical Name: Pogostemon Cablin
Plant Part: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Colour: Deep Golden Brown
Consistency: Medium to Thick
Aromatic Scent: Patchouli has a warm, earthy aroma with fresh fruit - like tones.
Aromatic Strength: Medium
Blends Well With: Patchouli blends well with Sandalwood, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Rose, Sweet Orange, Cassia, Myrrh, Opopanax, and Clary Sage.
Common Uses: Patchouli is recognized by aromatherapists as being effective for combating nervous disorders, helping with dandruff, sores, acne, skin irritations and acne. The specific properties include use as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic, antimicrobal, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antitoxic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, nerving, prophylactic, stimulating and tonic agent. In the perfumery industry, it is interesting to note that Patchouli improves with age, and that the aged product is what is preferred over freshly harvested. In aromatherapy, Patchouli is an excellent fixative that can help extend other, more expensive oils.
History: Before it became popular in Europe, Indian shawls and Indian ink were identified by the unique patchouli odour.
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