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Homeopathic Remedies: Patchouli
Have you ever been sitting at home and a bee sting you? Or, have you ever had unbearably itchy feet with no relief from over the counter treatments? Did you know that with certain ingredients, natural herbs, and oils you can make your own topical ointments? Most of you already have the ingredients lying around in your herb cabinet or medicine cabinet. It’s easy and simple to do. Every herb that grows on this planet has a purpose or use in our daily lives. We were given what we needed to survive not only in means of food and water, but also in means of survival and fighting off infections.
Every week I will take you through a different herb, what the herb can be used for, and if you have it in oil form, how and where you can apply it for relief from your daily skin troubles.
The first herb up for spotlight is patchouli. When one thinks of patchouli, what is thought of? I can smell the different new age shops’ incense burning. It’s one of the most common oils used for incense making and its smell is unmistakable. However, other than incense usage, have you ever used it in home remedies? Did you know it has so many different usages other than just to burn for cleansing your “sacred space” as incense? Frankly, patchouli is a “jack of all trades” herb used by the population of earth for a variety of different reasons.
Patchouli can be used as an antidepressant, antiseptic, aromatherapy, aphrodisiac, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, fungicide, insecticide, sedative, and in tonics. The essential oil can be found in large quantities on the internet at many different sites such as eBay, Amazon, etc. Below you will find a few solutions to your problems that patchouli can help “solve.”
For insect bites, take and dab 2-3 drops of the essential oil on a cotton ball and apply to the affected areas. No bandage is necessary and relief should be found promptly. It is also used on feet for athlete’s foot. You can dab it directly onto the affected area, being mindful to get the toe area (this is the breeding grounds for athlete’s foot.) Or, if you feel like a lotion based alternative would work better, you can make a cream. Add 6 drops of patchouli oil, 3 drops lavender oil, 3 drops tea tree oil, 4 drops chamomile oil, and 2 drops witch hazel. Add these oils to an unscented cream base (there is a great vitamin e cream on the market that has no scent to it by Fruit of the Earth brand and very affordable.) The natural astringents of each of these helps calm and soothe skin and balance it.
For those of you who have lost weight and have that extra “flab” of skin, you can take and add 2-3 drops of the essential oil into a carrier oil and massage onto your body daily. The oil helps to infuse in your skin and help the broken connective tissues and repairs them on a molecular level. You can also add 10 drops of the essential oil to your bathwater for deep moisturizing penetration for the loose skin.
When used for aromatherapy to relieve stress, just add a few drops to a diffuser and set back. Let the aroma of the oil heated up seep into your nostrils and help clear away your negative energies allowing you to relax. By adding it to a diffuser, it also helps with appetite control for those of you who have problems with controlling your midday hunger. Using 10 drops in the bathwater is also an effective approach. Another aromatherapy usage for patchouli is the relief of anxiety. Pop some drops in a diffuser and calm your mind down by breathing in the aroma. A different approach to the “aromatherapy” with patchouli is using it in a diffuser to repel insects. You can also put some of the oil on a cotton ball and put in problematic areas (also great for linen closets and keeping moths away without the horrid smell of mothballs.)
When using it in your bathwater or in a carrier oil, you are also helping release the water retention you have picked up throughout the day. This is one of the diuretic uses for this wonderful herb. If constipated, add 8-10 drops in the bathwater and take a long soak and let it seep into your pores.
For oily skin, or to treat and clean wounds, apply 2-3 drops of oil to a wet cotton ball and dab it on the affected area. This method also treats acne, eczema, and dermatitis issues. Along with the oily skin, it also treats oily hair. 2-3 drops with a reasonable amount of unscented shampoo will treat the oil in your hair while not irritating your scalp with perfumes. If you have problems with dandruff, add 2-3 drops to an unscented conditioner as well and it helps reduce the flaky skin of the scalp. Leave it on for around five minutes, long enough to finish doing everything else in the shower, and then rinse it out.
When in need of an antiseptic, astringent, or just a smell to lift your mood, grab some patchouli oil from your cabinet and go to town using it.