Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Patchouli essential oil or Patchouli oil

Patchouli - an intensely rich and powerful musky scent. Patchouli oil, pogostemon cablin, or patchouli essential oil is a heavy, intensely rich, musky, and earthy oil. It rejuvenates the skin cells, so patchouli essential oil is used on mature and aging skin and to treat dry skin prone to acne. Patchouli helps reduce appetite and relieve headaches. Use patchouli as a hair conditioner to eliminate dandruff, or apply directly to help heal dry or cracked skin fast. It's a natural insect repellant that is used to get rid of wool moths and other insects, too. Most importantly, patchouli oil contains anti-depressant properties and may be useful for relieving stress and restoring emotional balance, and is believed by some to possess powerful aphrodisiac qualities.
Patchouli is a fragrant herb, with soft, egg-shaped leaves and square stems, grows from 2 to 3 feet in height, giving out the peculiar, characteristic odor of patchouli when rubbed. The crop is cut two or three times a year, the leaves being dried and packed in bales and exported for distillation of the oil. The best patchouli oil is freshly distilled near the plantations. That obtained from leaves imported into Europe, often damaged and adulterated even up to 80 per cent, is inferior. It is used in coarser perfumes and in ‘White Rose’ and ‘Oriental’ toilet soaps. Sachets are made of the coarsely powdered leaves, and before its common use in Europe, genuine Indian shawls and Indian ink were distinguished by the odor, which has the unusual quality of improving with age. Hence the older oil is preferred by perfumers and used to confer more lasting properties upon other scents. Patchouli oil is obtained by steam distillation of either fresh-cut or dried leaves.
Patchouli oil, pogostemon cablin, blends well with the following essential oils: basil, geranium, juniperberry, lavender, neroli (orange blossom), pine, labdanum, vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood, oakmoss, rose, bergamot, cassia, myrrh, opopanax, clary sage and oriental-type bases.
Cautions - Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing.
Properties - Antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, sedative and tonic.

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