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.

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


Helps relieve nervous disorders

Nerve stimulant; interferes with sleep

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Reduces inflammation

Astringent; good for oily skin

Cleanses and supports skin conditions

Antibacterial, antiviral, fungicidal

Repels insects

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.


Patchouli's strong base note blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, lavender myrrh, rose, orange and sandalwood.


No known cautions.  Remember do not use it in your essential oil nebulizer - they can't handle thick oils.

What Next?

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

Lotion Recipe

Silk & Spice Bath Salts

Sensual Massage Oil

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage

Or click on the links below to learn more about properties, safety and blending of some popular essential oils.

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