It is a warming and stimulating essential oil making it a reputed aphrodisiac. Like other rich earthy oils, Patchouli makes a great base for perfumery. Due to its antimicrobial properties it is typically used as a deodorant, used on wounds and acne.
Best ways to use Patchouli essential oil:
- Direct Palm / Nasal Inhaler: Place a drop of oil in the palm of your hand, gently rub the hands together, cup your hands around your nose and take a deep breath in through the nose. You can also add several drops to nasal inhaler and breathe in throughout the day. You can repeat multiple times though out the day.
- Diffuser: Patchouli is great to add to a diffuser as an antidepressant (mix with bergamot and neroli)
- Add to an oil base to make a sensual massage oil (add ylang ylang and vanilla or rose and jasmine)
Other oils it blends well with:
Atlas cedar, bergamot, clary sage, clove, lavender, lemon, lime, mandarin, neroli, palmarosa, rose, rose geranium, sandalwood, sweet orange and vetiver.
Fun facts: In the middle east they use patchouli to repel flees and lice from bedding. In Asia it is used as a bug repellent and to help with snakebites. In India the sacred aroma is used to scent ink.
Cautions: Patchouli is considered non-toxic and non-sensitizing.