Patchouli is a bushy herb from the mint family, with stems reaching two or three feet in height and bearing small, pink-white flowers. Easily recognised for its rich, musky-sweet fragrance, Patchouli is regularly used in the perfume industry as well as in scented products such as laundry detergents and air fresheners. Patchouli is beneficial to the skin in many ways. It is often used topically to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and minor skin imperfections and to promote a smooth, glowing looking complexion. The fragrance of Patchouli provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions.
Patchouli is known as the Oil of Physicality and “it supports individuals in becoming fully present in their physical body. It balances those who feel devitalised and who seek to escape the body through spiritual pursuits or other forms of distraction. Patchouli tempers obsessive personalities by bringing them down to reality and teaching them moderation. This oil is grounding and stabilising.
Patchouli compliments yoga practice, tai chi, or other exercises that aim to connect the spirit with the body. While using Patchouli, individuals feel more grounded and fluid. This oil calms fear and nervous tension, stilling the heart and mind in preparing the spirit and body for deeper union. It also helps individuals to stay in touch with the earth…”#
How do you use it:
Add 1 to 2 drops to to your favourite moisturiser to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes or problem skin areas.
Combine with Vetiver and apply to the bottoms of your feet to help calm emotions (use a carrier oil to minimise sensitivities).
Combine with Peppermint and apply to the forehead, temples or back of the neck after a long day of work.
Put 3 or 4 drops in your diffuser (and perhaps add Wild Orange).
Inhale from the bottle or put a drop in your hands, rub and inhale – bliss!
Fave DIY pure-fume
What you need:
10 ml roller bottle
2 drops Wild Orange
3 drops Patchouli
2 drops Ylang Ylang
Carrier oil of choice (we use Fractionated Coconut Oil)
Drop the essential oils into the roller bottle
Top with carrier oil (leaving room for the roller part to be reinserted)
Shake and voila! Your own Pure-fume with the magical properties of pure, potent essential oils.
Note: as this blend contains Wild Orange, keep out of the sun or UV rays for 12 hours after applying.
Possible skin sensitivity
Keep out of reach of children
If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician
Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears and sensitive areas
Plant part: leaf
Collection method: steam distillation
Aromatic description: rich, woody, musky, earthy
Main constituents: Patchouli alcohol, α-Bulnesene, α-Guaiene
We’re not doctors or health practitioners, merely people who love to live a natural lifestyle, so we’re not attempting in any way to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
*All essential oils are not equal, the information and uses we provide are based on doTERRA’s Pure, Tested Essential Oils. Always read the bottle re directions for use and note cautions above.
#Emotions and Essential Oils. A Reference Guide for Emotional Healing. 7th Edition, page 64