Welcome to the next post in my blog series, Topic in Aromatherapy. Each week I am focusing on an aspect of aromatherapy such as an essential oil or carrier oil and discuss their healing properties. I also will discuss how to make some of your own natural products using essential oils. So far, we have talked about jojoba oil, tea tree oil, sweet almond oil, lavender, ylang ylang and shea butter.
This week, we are going to talk about Patchouli.
Patchouli is a herb of the mint family that has small, pale pink-white flowers. The plant grows natively in Asia and is cultivated in China, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Taiwan, the Philippines,Thailand, and Vietnam and West Africa.
This herb is used in perfume and in products such as paper towels, laundry detergents, and air fresheners (source).
What studies have been done on Patchouli?
Patchouli has shown to be able to:
- Protection against influenza infection in mice (source)
- Be anti-inflammatory (source)
- Act as a mosquito repellent (source)
Patchouli is is currently used in aromatherapy to help fever, headache, nausea, vomit, diarrhea, skin infections and bad breath as well as act as an aphrodisiac (source) but I couldn’t find any reputable sources proving these functions.
Have you ever heard of patchouli? If so, in what products have you used it?