Patchouli Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight

Patchouli Oil Uses, Benefits & Recipes - EO Spotlight

Patchouli oil comes from a bushy herb that is a member of the mint family, with a strong and heavy scent. There are many patchouli oil uses. It is commonly used in perfumes, incense, insect repellents and as fragrance additive to fabric softeners, soaps and air fresheners.

A little patchouli oil goes a long way so you do not need much of it. While many people find the smell wonderful, some may find the distinctive aroma unpleasant. 

There are many wonderful beauty and health benefits of patchouli oil. It is commonly used for skin care because of its ability to heal skin issues. It has cell rejuvenating properties. 

Patchouli oil uses include acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, and cellulite. It may also tighten loose skin, relieve chapped skin, tone skin, reduce inflammation, and diminishes scars.

Patchouli Essential Oil Facts

Botanical Name:

Pogostemon cablin

Botanical Family:


Plant Part Used:


Extraction Method:

Steam distilled


Sweet, musky, rich, earthy

Main Constituents:

See Essential Oil Safety for a complete list of constituents.

Shelf Life:

7 years. This is one essential oil that actually improves as it ages.

Safety Precautions:

Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, kid friendly oil.

Avoid old or oxidized oils, they may cause skin sensitization. Store oil in dark, airtight container. Not phototoxic.

Patchouli Essential Oil Blends Well With:

Lavender, Bergamot, Geranium, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Lemongrass, Clary Sage, Ylang ylang, Frankincense.

Patchouli Essential Oil Blends Well With

Benefits of Patchouli Oil

    - Diminished appearance of fine lines and skin blemishes

    - Boosts immune system

    - Promotes a clear and glowing complexion

    - Balances and calms emotions

    - Works as an insect repellent

    - Improves confidence and clarity to thought

    - Creates a tranquil atmosphere, excellent for meditation purposes

    - Clears dandruff

    - Natural deodorant properties that help eliminate body odor

    - Stops fungal growth

    - Cools fevers and fights infections

    - Stimulates sex drive

    Patchouli Essential Oil Uses

    • Patchouli oil is perfect to add to your face wash or moisturizer.
    • Diffuse 3-4 drops in your favorite diffuser for a calming effect or while meditating. Learn more about diffusing essential oils.
    • After a stressful day combine diluted peppermint with patchouli oil and apply to the forehead, back of neck and temples.
    • Add to fractionated coconut oil and massage into bottoms of feet to calm emotions.
    • Take a warm bath with 5 drops of Patchouli oil blended into epsom salt and carrier oil of choice.
    • Massage 4 drops of oil into your scalp for health hair and dandruff prevention or you can add to your conditioner.
    • Apply 1-2 drops of oil directly to scars to minimize their appearance.
    • Rub a few drops of diluted oil onto neck and stomach to reduce body temperature.

    Patchouli Essential Oil Recipes

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    Where to Buy Patchouli Essential Oil

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    General Essential Oil Precautions

    Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.

    Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).

    If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), it is best practice to always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil.

    If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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    Jennifer Lane

    Hello, I'm Jennifer, Founder of Loving Essential Oils. I have a passion for natural health and aromatherapy. I love making DIY products to replace store bought items and strive for a chemical and toxin free home. I enjoy using aromatherapy and essential oils every day to keep my family and myself healthy and happy. My hope is to help you do the same.

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