Patchouli Essential Oil
Patchouli is a low, bushy shrub native to tropical regions in Southeast Asia.
- Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
- Part of Plant Used: Leaves
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: Patchouli can come in varieties such as Dark, Dark Aged, Light, and Double-distilled.
- Chemistry: Patchouli is comprised of sesquiterpenes (α-bulnesene, α-guaiene) and sesquiterpene alcohols (patchoulol).
- Circulatory: supports the circulatory system
- Reproductive: relieves menstrual cramps, boosts the sex drive
- Pregnancy: helps with immune support, healthy circulation, abdominal cramping, and is grounding and centering
- Babies & Children: benefits inflamed skin conditions and is emotionally grounding and balancing
- Skin: benefits mature skin and soothes irritated or inflamed skin conditions like eczema and acne
- Nervous System: centering, harmonizing, and grounding when feeling anxious, nervous, or depressed
- Spiritual: Supports the Throat Chakra associated with expression and communication.
- Scent Profile: Base note that has a powerful, musky aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Patchouli can last up to 400 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Spicy, Chypre, Balsamic
- Blends well with: Amber, Amyris, Angelica Root, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Black Spruce, Blood Orange, Blue Tansy, Cardamom, Cinnamon Leaf, Cistus, Clary Sage, Cypress, Dragons Blood, Elemi, Fresh Dirt, Gardenia, Geranium, Ginger, Grass, Juniper Berry, Labdanum, Lavender, Mandarin, Nag Champa, Oakmoss, Palo Santo, Peach, Rose, Spikenard, Scots Pine, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Tonka Bean, Valerian, Vetiver
- Oral use of patchouli is cautioned for those on anticoagulant medication, before major surgery, or who have peptic ulcer, hemophilia, and other bleeding disorders because it may inhibit blood clotting.
Products Using Patchouli Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- Clark, Demetria. Aromatherapy and Herbs for Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding. Book Publishing Company, 2015.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. “PREGNANCY GUIDELINES Guidelines for Aromatherapists Working with Pregnant Clients.” International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists , IFPA, 2013, www.ifparoma.org.
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Other Safety Considerations: Pregnancy.” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#other.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tiran, Denise. Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Singing Dragon an Imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
- Tiran, Denise. “Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While I'm Pregnant?” BabyCentre UK, BabyCentre Blog, July 2013, www.babycentre.co.uk/x536449/is-it-safe-to-use-essential-oils-while-im-pregnant.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.