Patchouli Essential Oil

Latin name Pogostemon cablin – Family species Labiacae (Labiata)

Patchouli, also found spelled patchouly or pachouli, is also sometimes referred to as Pogostemon Patchouli and puchaput.

“Patchouli essential oil is used in aromatherapy to treat skin complaints. It is thought to have a regenerative effect on skin tone and to help clear conditions such as eczema and acne. The oil may also be used for varicose veins and hemorrhoids.” -Andrew Chevallier (The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants)

Oil Selection Guide

Color – Amber or reddish brown
Viscosity – Viscous
Scent – Sweet, earthy, herby, smoky, rich, deep, woody, strong, penetrating
Perfume Aroma – Middle note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Plant
Part Used – Leaves
Countries of Origin – Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Phillipines, Madagascar, China, India, United States
Extraction Method – Steam distillation

Known Chemical Constituents

Patchouli alcohol, pogostol, patchoulene, patchoulenol, sesquiterpene, bulnesol, bulnese

Uses of Patchouli

Patchouli is used in aromatherapy. Patchouli is also used in perfumes, cosmetics, and as a fragrance in scenting carpets, linen, and other materials.

Patchouli blends well with

  • bergamot
  • black pepper
  • cedarwood
  • cinnamon leaf
  • clary sage
  • clove bud
  • coriander
  • frankincense
  • geranium
  • german chamomile
  • ginger
  • grapefruit
  • jasmine
  • labdanum
  • lavender
  • lemon
  • lemongrass
  • mandarin
  • may chang
  • myrrh
  • neroli
  • oakmoss
  • opopanax
  • rose maroc
  • sandalwood
  • sweet orange
  • vetiver
  • ylang ylang
  • yuzu

Recipes and Ideas

Special Precautions*

* See Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

See References and Resources page.

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