Patchouli Essential Oil

Earthy, energizing, aphrodisiac...
also super for skin

Patchouli essential oil cheers you up and just generally makes you feel good.

Patchouli's musky, sweet, spicy, earthy scent is famous for its popularity in the hippie era. Like most people, you'll probably find that you either love it or hate it.

In fact, patchouli is known for fighting depression, anxiety and for its aphrodisiac properties.

In skincare, patchouli is a powerful tissue regenerator, great for restoring skin problems such as rough, dry or devitalized skin, as well as acne and eczema.

It is good for reducing scarring from wounds. And last but not least, patchouli's anti-fungal properties can help alleviate athlete's foot and dandruff. Definitely a skin cream must-have!

One important point: don't use patchouli oil right before bed, because it will keep you awake.

Patchouli is a viscous (thick) oil that is often used as a fixative in aromatherapy blends. Caution: Do not use it in your essential oil nebulizer - they can't handle thick oils.

Buy Patchouli essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. They also have Patchouli Amber Perfume! Read on to learn more...

Well known as an incense and base note in perfumery.

Patchouli oil is considered to improve with age. This is why you can find many different colors and aroma profiles on the market.

Smell like an Earth Goddess!

Amber oil with Patchouli, Vetiver and Cardamom. This deep, sensuous perfume oil has a provocative scent that lingers for hours. Yummm! Get it here.

Botanical Name and Characteristics

Pogostemon cablin

Patchouli is a bushy shrub that grows about 1 meter (3 feet) high, with serrated leaves and light purple flowers.

Strong, deep, earthy, musky, spicy scent.

Therapeutic Action

  • Lifts mood; antidepressant

  • Promotes a feeling of well-being; euphoric

  • Aphrodisiac

  • Helps relieve nervous disorders

  • Nerve stimulant; interferes with sleep

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Astringent; good for oily skin

  • Cleanses and supports skin conditions

  • Antibacterial, antiviral, fungicidal

  • Repels insects

Buy Patchouli essential oil from doTerra.

doTerra's website is a little clunky, so it takes about 4 steps to add it to your shopping cart, but if you want something that's super effective, the few extra clicks are  worth it!

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Patchouli's strong base note blends well with: 

  • bergamot
  • cedarwood
  • clary sage
  • lavender
  • myrrh
  • rose
  • orange
  • sandalwood


No known cautions. 

Remember do not use it in your essential oil nebulizer - they can't handle thick oils.

Buy Patchouli essential oil from Amazon. Just remember that if you pay a low price, you're getting a low quality, especially in the land of essential oils.

What Next?

Warming Patchouli Recipes

Check out some earthy, warming recipes using patchouli essential oil...

Spicy Sensual Body Lotion Recipe

This rich, creamy homemade lotion recipe soothes, hydrates and alleviates dry, suffering skin. Plus it's not too girly, so it's a great moisturizer for men.

Silk & Spice Bath Salts

Spice up your night with this earthy, exotic and deeply delicious recipe for bath salts.

Sensual Massage Oil

Romance is in the air when you use this sensual massage oil recipe for a special night with your partner.

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage

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