Top 10 Patchouli Essential Oil Uses

Patchouli Essential Oil Uses

Because of soaring popularity in the 1960’s and 1970’s, patchouli may forever be associated with the hippy movement that defined an era. Despite this affiliation, patchouli actually hails from parts of Asia, where no doubt many of its original medicinal uses were uncovered. The oil responsible for most of the plant’s healthful benefits is derived from the white and purple flowers it boasts; and although flowers are generally related to pleasant scents – for some, the scent of patchouli oil itself is unpleasant. For thousands of years, patchouli essential oil uses have existed in Asian medicine, and a resurgence in these applications thanks to an uptick in natural and alternative medicine interest may once and for all disassociate the plant from its flower child reputation.

Patchouli is considered a general tonic for well being, but unfortunately that provides little insight into essential oil uses related to the plant. Many applications involving patchouli oil relate to the skin, infections, and mental well being. It’s been suggested that more than 20 different chemicals known as sesquiterpenes can be found in patchouli, likely largely responsible for nearly all its purported medicinal uses, and ten of the best of them follow below!

1. Deodorant: For people wondering why it is that many people who could be characterized as “hippies” smell like patchouli, perhaps they are taking advantage of the oil’s supposed deodorant properties. When diluted with a carrier oil, patchouli may help eradicate the bacteria that can cause body odor, potentially making it an effective deodorant that may also improve the skin.

2. Diuretic: Patchouli essential oil uses may include stimulating the urinary system, which can be useful in cases of water retention or certain health conditions. Some suggest internal use of the oil (a single drop added to honey, for instance) in this use, but it’s important to speak to a healthcare provider before doing so to ensure safety and appropriate dosing.

3. Sexual Dysfunction: Both men and women may be able to benefit from patchouli in terms of a decreased sex drive. The oil, when inhaled by aromatherapy, is thought to have effects on the hormones that may stimulate urge and desire.

4. Bedbug Deterrent: There may be some very, very practical home based patchouli essential oil uses, including preventing bed bugs from making their homes in linens and mattresses. Adding a couple of drops of the plant oil to the wash while sheets are in may help make the environment less hospitable to obviously challenging bed bugs.

5. Wound Care: Minor cuts, burns, scrapes and bug bites may not need much medical attention, but many find topical application of patchouli oil particularly useful at soothing associated discomfort. Additionally, since patchouli essential oil uses also include antibiotic and antiseptic properties, applying it may also help prevent infection of wounds, too.

6. Hair Care: Adding a few drops of patchouli to shampoo may have numerous benefits. Many find that incorporating the oil into shampoo or conditioner and leaving it sit for a few minutes can help not only reduce dandruff, but also reduce the appearance of greasiness in the hair as well.

7. Stress and Anxiety: Multiple studies exist that prove that some people benefit from aromatherapy using essential oils in terms of reducing stress and anxiety, and patchouli is quite popular in this regard, mostly due to its sedative and antidepressant properties. However, it is worth noting that no stress or anxiety will likely be reduced in persons who dislike the scent of patchouli, and the opposite effect may actually present.

8. Fungal Infections: Nobody likes to think about fungal infections, but the truth is that they are actually quite common. Some patchouli essential oil uses, including applications in nail fungus and other infections like athlete’s foot, are related to the substance’s noted antifungal properties. Neat application to the affected area may provide a significant reduction in the presence of various fungus caused infections.

9. Gout / Arthritis: Patchouli is considered a natural anti inflammatory, and since it’s generally well tolerated when applied directly to the skin, it’s commonly used for conditions like gout or arthritis that are characterized by inflammation. Dilution of the oil and massage are also sometimes implemented for these uses, too.

10. Organ Toning: There is still much debate over whether any substance, natural or otherwise, can help support individual organs. Despite this, many in the alternative healing community contend that patchouli’s toning abilities on the liver, stomach and intestines may make the oil valuable in terms of overall condition and health as well as increased metabolism as well.

Many patchouli essential oil uses are limited to individual benefits, perhaps largely related to the oil’s pungent and not always enjoyed aroma. However, it can be found in women’s blends, those for focus and some blends suited for various cognitive problems as well.