Patchouli Essential Oil

About the plant

Common Names Patchouli
Latin Name Pogostemon cablin
Botanical Family Lamiaceae

About the Patchouli Essential Oil

Essential Oil Name Patchouli essential oil
Origin Indonesia
Part Used Leaves
Extraction Method Steam distillation
Production Between 20 and 30 ML of essential oil with 1 KG of patchouli plant*

*Franchomme, P. La science des huiles essentielles médicinales. (Guy Trédaniel, 2015).

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

Not just beautiful to look at, Patchouli offers a wide range of health benefits. When Patchouli Essential Oil is extracted, it boasts a myriad of rewards for your skin, mind and body.

Here’s how integrating this element of aromatherapy into your daily routine can do you wonders.

What is Patchouli Essential Oil used for?

  • Detox: Patchouli Essential Oil is known for its ability to drain the skin and regenerate the epidermis to leave your complexion rejuvenated.
  • Anti-Ageing: Patchouli Essential Oil has various anti-ageing properties. Not only does it heal and detox your skin, but its active compounds also help to stimulate muscle contractions to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles.

    For the ultimate anti-ageing Essential Oils, also look to Lemon Oil and Sandalwood Oil

Where does Patchouli Essential Oil come from?

Native to Southeast Asia, the patchouli plant is only cultivated in certain parts of the world.

Patchouli Essential Oil comes from a specific species of the plant, Pogostemon, from the same family as lavender, mint and sage.

History of Patchouli Essential Oil

  • Flower power: According to Dr Couic Marinier, “Patchouli Oil was the aroma and image of the counter-culture revolution of the 1960s in the US and Europe.”

    It was seen to represent a free spirit and more hippy state of mind thanks to its musky and sweet odour.

  • A protective oil: In the 1800s, the Patchouli Oil became a scent synonymous with Eastern fabrics such as silk and would prove their authenticity. It was used to protect the fabrics from insects and damage while it was transported across the world.
  • Egyptian rituals: In Ancient Egypt, the Pharaoh Tutankhamun was believed to have arranged 10 gallons of Patchouli Essential Oil to be buried with him in his tomb.

Facts about Patchouli Essential Oil

  • Odourless: Dr Couic Marinier explains that “although Patchouli Essential Oil is recognisable thanks to its scent, the fresh plant of patchouli actually has no odour.”

    It is only after the process of fermentation that the new molecules give the smell to the leaves, which is then used to obtain the oil.

  • A valuable plant: The Patchouli was so valuable in history that traders in Europe would barter one pound of gold for one pound of patchouli.
  • Sleep easy: Not only is the scent of Patchouli Essential Oil highly calming, but it’s also used in sachets placed between linen in order to keep bedbugs away.

Adopt Patchouli Essential Oil into your daily routines and reap the rewards for your mind, body and health.