Patchouli – Young Living
🌸 FUN FACTS 🌸
Derived from a large evergreen perennial, and related to the lavender and sage family, Patchouli has been prized for centuries for healing and beautifying the skin. The oil originated in southeast Asia and is extracted from the plant’s lightly fragrant leaves and the white, violet-marked flowers. Countless generations across the globe have used patchouli for a wide variety of needs. In ancient Rome, Romans, it was used to stimulate the appetite. In Egypt, King Tut arranged to have gallons of patchouli oil buried with him in his tomb. In Asia, people used it extensively for medicinal purposes- everything from treating skin bites to soothing headaches.
Nowadays, patchouli oil is used as a fragrance in skin and personal care products, potpourri, insect repellents, detergents and incense. Interestingly enough, patchouli is a major component of the fragrance industry, because it acts like a fine wine and it’s aroma gets better (and changes) with age!
🌸 WHAT IT DOES 🌸
Patchouli has a distinct floral and musky aroma which has somewhat of an acquired taste. However, many people who do not love its fragrance dat first, grow to love it as they experience its healing benefits, both to body and mind. Emotionally, patchouli oil is said to help relieve anxiety, stress and depression because of the impact it has on our hormones: Patchouli encourages the release of serotonin and dopamine, hormones that ease feelings of anger, anxiety and anxiousness. This is one reason why patchouli is often diffused (or incense burned) during prayer- it creates an atmosphere of tranquility.
Hormonally, patchouli also has the power to stimulate the libido and has been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries. It has also been proven effective for helping partners maintain physical ability during intimacy
Patchouli also stimulated muscle contractions (as opposed to other oils which do the reverse) so it aids skin and hair, stimulating the hair follicles and tightening the skin. It also is incredibly moisturizing and helps to encourage new cell growth, keeping the skin young and healthy. It works well on all skin types, whether dry or oils, to promote balance, so it’s a great oil for the scalp and the face.
Patchouli also is beneficial to the liver, stomach and intestines and it helps your body to process food and absorb nutrients effectively. It also acts as a stimulant to the bladder, increasing urination, helping your body to expel toxins effectively- this is beneficial to the gallbladder, liver and kidneys, which are the body’s filtration system. This oils is known as a toxins- digestor for the body.
At night, patchouli is extremely calming to the nervous system and the mind, so many people use it to promote a restful night sleep.
Another beautiful thing about patchouli is that bugs don’t tend to like it, so take your patchouli outdoors, when camping, or sitting on your porch. Many people add it to their laundry detergent or dryer balls as a natural shield against unwanted fly-bys.
- Nervous System
- Emotions/ Limbic System
- Endocrine System/ Hormones
- Excretory/ Urinary System
- Skin/ Hair
- Digestive System
- Immune System/ Lymph
- Respiratory System
🌸 IDEAS FOR USE – TOPICAL/ AROMATIC 🌸
- Patchouli is a very versatile oil, and it can be used in many ways!
- Use its calming, relaxing aroma during meditation or yoga practice.
- Diffuse Patchouli in the evening after a long day at work or school to help create a peaceful and calming environment.
- Massage it on your skin to help address tension and anxiety,
- Apply topically on location on your skin to soothe cuts, scrapes, burns and sores
- Apply a few drops on your wrists or onto your sheets to keep pests away
- Mix a couple of drops into your shampoo or conditioner to balance a dry or oily scalp. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing
- Rub into the bottoms of feet, between the toes and on the toenail beds to ensure a healthy microbial balance
- Rib into the feet to promote healthy inflammation levels end encourage soothing comfort
- Add a few drops to a cool compress to help the body maintain a stabilized and desirable temperature
- Add a few drops to your nighttime face moisturizer, or apply with a splash of water directly to the face before applying night cream- fo added skin suppleness and moisturizing
- Rub over your abdomen, stomach and intestines to support digestion
- Apply topically directly to scars to minimize their appearance and encourage new skin growth
- Add a few drops to the scalp after shampoo and comb through the hair (or massage into the scalp) to stimulate hair follicles and increase moisture and shine
- Diffuse or apply to the back of the neck or bottoms of the feet at bedtime to promote restful sleep
- Apply over bladder to encourage urination and body detox
- Apply over liver and kidneys for support
- Apply over the chest to encourage healthy respiration
🌸 CONSTITUENTS 🌸
Sesquiterpenes (63%) – alpha patchoulene, beta-patchoulene, beta-caryophyllene, humulene, seychellene
Monoterpenes: alpha- pinene, beta-pinene, l-limonene
🌸 BLENDS WITH/ FOUND IN 🌸
- Clary Sage
Patchouli is one of Gary Young’s favorite single oils, and it can be found in two of our most popular blends, Peace & Calming® and Magnify Your Purpose™.
because it’s so good for the skin, you will find it in Rose Ointment, Orange Blossom Facial Wash, Animal Scents Ointment
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