Patchouli Essential Oil Uses, Benefits and Recipes Spotlight

Patchouli oil has a range of benefits that can be easily incorporated into your daily life. The oil is well known for its ability to improve skin health, but it can also be used to assist with anxiety and emotional distress. In addition, the oil has antiseptic properties that make it an ideal home remedy for cuts and scrapes. Learn more about what patchouli essential oil is good for, keep reading!

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Patchouli essential oil is a favorite in aromatherapy for its rich and deep aroma that actually improves as it ages. In this spotlight, you will learn the uses and benefits of patchouli oil plus DIY Patchouli Essential Oil Recipes you can make.

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 that may help scars and stretch marks fade. 

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. 

Patchouli Essential Oil Facts

Patchouli oil (Pogostemom cablin) 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.

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

Botanical Name Pogostemon cablin
Botanical Family Lamiaceae
Aka N/A
Aroma Sweet, musky, rich, earthy
Extraction Method Steam distilled
Plant Part Used Leaves
Shelf Life 7 years+
Kid Safe? Yes, with dilution
Safety Concerns Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing

 

*Avoid old or oxidized oils, they may cause skin sensitization. Store oil in dark, airtight container.

Patchouli Essential Oil Blends Well With

There are many oils that patchouli blends well with, this is not an exhaustive list, just some suggestions:

  • Lavender
  • Bergamot
  • Geranium
  • Myrrh
  • Sandalwood
  • Lemongrass
  • Clary Sage
  • Ylang ylang
  • Frankincense
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Benefits of Patchouli Oil

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.

    • 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

      Add to Skincare Routine: Patchouli oil is perfect to add to your face wash or moisturizer to promote a healthy complexion. Or add 2-3 drops of Patchouli essential oil to your favorite lotion or cream to help soothe dry skin.

      Diffuse Patchouli: Diffuse 3-4 drops in your favorite diffuser for a relaxing effect or while meditating. Learn more about diffusing essential oils.

      Combat Stress: After a stressful day combine diluted peppermint with patchouli oil and apply to the forehead, back of neck and temples.

      Calm Down: Add to fractionated coconut oil and massage into bottoms of feet to calm emotions.

      Soothing Bath: Take a warm bath with 5 drops of Patchouli oil blended into epsom salt and carrier oil of choice.

      Healthy Hair: Massage 4 drops of oil into your conditioner scalp for health hair and dandruff prevention or you can add to your conditioner.

      Minimize Scars: Apply 1-2 drops of oil directly to scars to minimize their appearance.

      Cool Down: Rub a few drops of diluted oil onto neck and stomach to reduce body temperature.

      Calm Environment: Diffuse 5-6 drops of Patchouli Essential Oil in your home to create a calming atmosphere.

      Patchouli Essential Oil Recipes

      Here are a few essential oil recipes to help you bring patchouli into your life.

       1. Patchouli Diffuser Blend - Holistic Sleep

      This oil blend includes aromatherapy oils that can soothe your nervous system and help you improve sleep. Essential oils are extremely helpful for relaxation because they work holistically by calming the mind, emotions, and body.

      • 3 drops Patchouli
      • 2 drops Lavender
      • 2 drops Vetiver
      • 2 drops Sweet Orange

      Directions: Add essential oils recipes below to diffuser with recommended water for your diffuser tank. I like to use a 100-200 ml water tank diffuser but you can use whatever size you prefer. Read more about Diffusing Oils

       

      Patchouli Essential Oil Blend - Holistic Sleep by Loving Essential Oils

       2. Relaxing Foot Massage Gel

      Essential oils work great to soothe feet in a foot massage gel recipe, especially with Peppermint and Patchouli. Both have cooling effects and are amazing for easing achy feet and inflammation. Patchouli helps calm swelling and eases tension, while peppermint encourages circulation. Overall, this essential oil recipe is just refreshing to the feet!

      • 12 drops Patchouli essential oil
      • 12 drops Peppermint essential oil
      • 2 oz Aloe Vera gel
      • 2 oz Glass pump bottle or glass jar

      Directions: Add all ingredients to bottle or jar and mix together. To use, massage on your feet to for soothing relief.

       

       3. Patchouli All Day Essential Oil Inhaler

      Feelings of stress, overwork, and worry can build up, eventually reducing your immune system and ability to stay healthy throughout the year. Let this inhaler blend help to strengthen physical and emotional wellbeing.

      • 4 drops Lemon
      • 4 drops Patchouli
      • 3 drops Douglas Fir
      • 2 drops Orange
      • Blank Inhaler

      Directions: Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler. To use, bring the inhaler under nostrils and deeply inhale the aroma in.

       

      Patchouli Essential Oil Inhaler Recipe - Patchouli All Day by Loving Essential Oils

       4. Lavender Patchouli Bath Blend

      Try this calming and relaxing blend in your next bath to soak away the stresses of the day, so nourishing to both the mind and body!

      • 4 drops Lavender essential oil
      • 2 drops Patchouli oil
      • 1 tablespoon Castile soap

      Directions: Mix essential oils into Castile soap, add to warm bath.

       

       5. Tranquil Inhaler Blend

      Overthinking? Need to calm your thoughts? Let this essential oil blend provide you the support you need. It offers deep nurturing and calming for the nervous system.

      • 4 drops Lavender
      • 4 drops Patchouli
      • 3 drops Cedarwood
      • 3 drops Tangerine

      Directions: Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler. To use, bring the inhaler under nostrils and deeply inhale the aroma in.

       

      Patchouli Essential Oil Inhaler Blend - Tranquil by Loving Essential Oils

      Patchouli Essential Oil Combinations

      Patchouli oil has a strong, musky scent that some people love and others find overwhelming. If you fall into the latter camp, don't write off patchouli oil just yet. Patchouli oil can be used in small amounts to create a variety of different fragrance profiles.

      When used with other essential oils, patchouli oil can add depth and richness to the blend. Here are some of the oils that work well with patchouli:

      Frankincense and Patchouli

      Patchouli and frankincense make a great team. The musky, earthy scent of patchouli is complemented by the slightly sweet, resinous scent of frankincense. Together, they create a deep, complex fragrance that is perfect for wintertime.

      Patchouli and Rose

      Patchouli and rose make a classic combination. The floral scent of rose softens the edges of patchouli, resulting in a feminine and romantic fragrance.

      Cedarwood and Patchouli

      Cedarwood provides a warm, woody base for patchouli. The two oils work together to create a grounding and balancing blend.

      Vetiver and Patchouli

      Vetiver adds a smoky quality to patchouli. The result is a rich and earthy fragrance that is perfect for men or women.

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      Essential oils are great because not only do they make you feel good physically but mentally as well. I love having them around since they have so many benefits like clearing the air of bad odors and improving moods by releasing calming scents in your home or office!

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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), you may 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, read more here.

      If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues here.

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