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The Benefits of Patchouli

The Benefits of Patchouli

If you grew up in the 60s and 70s, you're likely already very familiar with the benefits of Patchouli. Revered in the 60s & 70s by hippies, it was often used to cover up the smell of marijuana. That's what many people think of when they think of Patchouli - counterculture, anti-establishment, and flower children. So of course you will find many of our products with Patchouli essential oil.

History of Patchouli Benefits

Although Patchouli is native to Asia, its first applications were actually developed in South India. Mainly used as a medicine, it was also used as an insect repellant and even found in herbal teas. This bushy and flowering perennial herb has a deep, rich aroma that arrived in the Middle East along the silk trading routes. It was likely Napoleon himself who introduced Patchouli to Europe. He had fine silks and cashmeres delivered to him from Egypt, in which they would lay leaves of Patchouli to deter moths. Europeans soon became captivated by its beautifully sweet and earthy smell. This plant in turn quickly became coveted in perfumes and soaps throughout Europe.

The Benefits of Patchouli, Essential Oil Roll-On on feet

Patchouli Benefits for Health and Skin

Revered for its skin rejuvenating properties, this plant can also be used in relieving symptoms of stress and depression. It can also be useful in controlling appetite, and ease headaches as well as colds & flus. Being that this herb supports the nervous system while maintaining a romantic and floral scent, its also a fantastic oil to fight fears, gain confidence and seek calm resolution during situations of high stress.

It also helps to soothe inflammation, fight water retention, and increases skin cell turnover. Highly nourishing through maintaining the water moisture levels of the skin, it keeps the skin deeply hydrated. It is rich in antioxidants which keeps the skin healthy from within by boosting circulation and in turn, increasing oxygen to the organs and cells, which helping to retain a healthy-looking, youthful appearance. Patchouli oil’s astringent properties help prevent the early onset of sagging skin and hair loss.

The Benefits of Patchouli, Essential Oil drop

Patchouli Benefits in Aromatherapy

It has a grounding, balancing, calming scent and provides numerous health benefits, making it ideal for therapeutic use in skincare and aromatherapy. In aromatherapy, it can eliminate odours in the environment, and scent the surroundings to balance emotions and uplift the senses. When diffused at night, Patchouli can encourage restful sleep, which can, in turn, improve mood and digestion.

You can enjoy an organic and pure Patchouli essential oil in our Infuse Love Roll-On for promoting self-confidence and compassion, as well as in our Bare Bath & Body Oil, Yoga Mat Mist, Mead Body Butter, and Velvet Bath Salts

What is one of your favourite oils? Do you have any that you would like to know more about? Let us know in the comments below!


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