Patchouli is great for the skin! Interestingly enough, patchouli is wonderful for acne prone and oily skin just as it is for dry and cracked skin. Because of this, patchouli is also effective at helping with dandruff. Patchouli essential oil works well for dermatitis, eczema, and even wrinkles. Patchouli is also a known insect repellent.
When you think of a hippie, one of the first scents that may come to your mind is patchouli! Patchouli is generally a ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ aroma, and there’s not a lot of room in-between. It’s strong, earthy, rich, grounding, dirty, warm, heavy and so much more to the nose. With that being said, patchouli is of course, a base note. Like a fine wine, patchouli gets better with age (this is not true of all essential oils). Patchouli is unisex, though more commonly found in women’s perfumery products. Like several of its other base counterparts, patchouli can be an aphrodisiac.
Patchouli’s bold aroma make it a great option for use during meditation, allowing one to feel rooted and grounded, finding the union between the body and spirit. Patchouli essential oil addresses the physical body including feelings of judgement or shame toward the body, tension in the body or disconnectedness from the body.
Daniel Macdonald, author of Emotional Healing with Essential Oils, says it beautifully,
“Patchouli helps individuals to appreciate the magnificence of the physical body and all of its natural processes and functions. It assists in releasing emotional judgments and issues related to the body, such as believing the body is unholy or dirty. The oil helps with body image distortions and general body dislike. Patchouli brings confidence in the body, as well as grace, poise and physical strength. It reminds individuals of their childhood experiences when they used their bodies for play and fun. On the deepest level, Patchouli assists an individual to feel at peace while being present in their physical body.”
According to Essential Oil Safety, patchouli essential oil may inhibit blood clotting. It is highly recommended that you consult a certified and qualified aromatherapist if you’re on medication which could interact with patchouli’s possible side effects. Always take great care when using essential oils!