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Patchouli: Essential Oil

Updated on March 27, 2011

Patchouli has been my ultimate favorite perfume for years. I used to always buy it from the Body Shop until I found out last year that it was discontinued. Why is everything you like discontinued? That`s the second perfume I've loved that ended up being discontinued. The first one being Vanilla by Alyssa Ashley. But this hub really isn't about perfume, it`s actually about Patchouli Essential Oil.

Patchouli oil is extracted by steam distillation from the Patchouli (Pogostemon Cablin) plants dried leaves. It grows a lot in tropical Asia and is cultivated extensively in Malaysia, India, China, Philippine`s and Indonesia. Patchouli is used a lot in the perfume industry but also has other great uses. Other then perfume it's used in Aromatherapy, Massage, Alternative Medicine and as a great mood lifter.

Patchouli oil can do a lot for you if used properly. Definitely a lot more then I ever thought it could do when I used to wear it, I just liked the smell back then. Some things it can do for you is that it can helps treat eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and sores. It's great for helping repair dry, cracked, sensitive, dehydrated skin. Some woman have even said that it has helped with cellulite. Below you will find below a list of all the other things it can do. My favorite is the Aphrodisiac, I never knew!

Abdominal Pain: Will sooth abdominal pain as well as vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite.
Antidepressant: Uplifts mood, drives away disappointment, relaxes tension. Its widely used in aromatherapy. Even a few drops in your bath will help.
Antiphlogistic: Soothes inflammation, especially from fever.
Anti-Septic: This one is pretty self explanatory, it will clean wounds.
Aphrodisiac: CHA CHING! It`s good for sexual problems like impotence, libido and interest loss, erectile problems and frigidity.
Astringent: Contracts the muscles, nerves and skin which helps strengthen them. Which prevents sagging of skin, hair falling out, loose muscles..etc.
Cicatrisant: Helps heal cuts and speed up the fading of the scars.
Cytophylactic: Promotes growth by generating new body cells and skin cells.
Deodorant: The strong sweet, musky, spicy smell keeps away body odor.
Diuretic: Increases urination which in turn helps loose weight, lower blood pressure, increase appetite, lower cholesterol and remove bodily toxins.
Febrifuge: Lowers fever if you have one from an infection.
Fungicide: Good to hold off fungal growths and infections.
Insecticide: Very effective for keeping bugs away. You can use it in your washing machine, in a spray bottle and body lotion.
Sedative: Soothes inflammations and convulsions, coughs, epileptic attacks and stops an outburst of allergies.
Tonic: Tones the liver, stomach, intestines, proper excretion, regulates secretion of hormones and enzymes, nervous system and immune system.

Side Effects
Other then the extremely noticeable smell that some don't fancy, this essential oil when used in large does has a sedative effect where extreme relaxation and drowsiness can occur. Which really doesn't sound all that bad too me. Lastly, just like any other essential oil test on a small area first because everybody is different, some are more sensitive then others.


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