Historically, patchouli oil has been used most commonly in Malaysian, Chinese, and Japanese medicine thanks to its wound healing abilities and benefits for the skin and hair. The oil, extracted from the patchouli plant, a close relative of lavender with its musky sweet scent, is often used in perfumes and can naturally balance and ground one’s emotions.
BETTER WITH AGE – This valuable oil was so heavily revered in Europe, it was traded in equal value with gold. This is partly due to the fact that it ages like wine, getting better the older it gets. It was incredibly valued in ancient Egypt, King Tut even went to the extent of having ten gallons buried with him. In ancient Rome it was commonly used to suppress appetite and in India it is said to have been used as an aphrodisiac. Clearly, its properties are many in number and heavy in value.
SUPER SCENT – Most popularly, patchouli oil has been used as a scent for fabrics and till this day is used a scent for the skin and is incorporated in many skin products. Its sweet scent, though an acquired taste for some, is widely revered and can be used as a deodorant, with laundry detergents and air fresheners, or even as an insect repellent.
HEALING & RELAXATION – This beloved oil is often commended for its ability to heal both physical issues in the form of insect bites, scrapes, burns and the likes of skin problems, as well as mental issues such as anxiety, stress and depression. It is well known for having the capability to reduce skin blemishes such as scars and wrinkles. It serves as a great way to both unwind and achieve a glowing complexion. And really, what is more relaxing than knowing that your wrinkles and imperfections are disappearing as you go about your day?
AROUSAL AND STIMULATION – There’s nothing quite like the harmony that aromatherapy can induce, and patchouli oil is no stranger to this. Its astringent property allows it to stimulate the skin, nerves, and muscles, preventing the visible effects of aging such as hair loss and sagging skin. Interestingly, the stimulating effects of patchouli oil also extend into the bedroom, where they work to remedy issues such as loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, sexual anxiety, frigidity, or over all disinterest in sex through the igniting of testosterone and estrogen.