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Patchouli Essence

Patchouli Essence


PATCHOULI (Pogostemon cablin)

Family: Labiatae (mint).

Source: The Essential oil is obtained from the leaves.

Fragrance: Earthy, penetrating, heavy.

Volatility: Base note.

General description and habitat:

Herbaceous shrub native to Malaysia but now grown in many places; height up to 3 feet; flowers in terminal spikes; harvested three times a year. Sumatra is the major producer, followed by China.

Principal constituents:

Patchoulol, sesqiterpenes, benzaldehyde, cinnamic aldehyde, eugenol.


History and folk use:

Traditional Chinese, Malay and Japanese medicine use it as a stimulant, stomachic and antiseptic. It was the principal remedy for snake bites. Arab doctors used if for fevers, epidemics, etc.

Properties & Uses

General properties:

Antiseptic, antiviral, fungicidal, anti-inflammatory, relaxing, uplifting, stimulating, rejuvenating.

Primary Uses:

Fungal infectionsHemorrhoids
Skin problems

Secondary Uses:

Acne,Aging Skin,
Athlete’s Foot,Cracked Skin,
Dermatitis, Eczema,
Frigidity, Fungal,
Impetigo, Impotence,
Infections, Mature Skin,
Nervous Tension, Sores,
Wounds, Wrinkles.


Beware adulteration with cubeb and cedar oil.

It is not approved by the FDA for internal consumption.


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