Patchouli Essential Oil
The velvety smooth, earthy aroma of Patchouli is one of the most well known fragrances in the art of body and skin care. This warm, rich oil is soothing, calming and uplifting. Patchouli is a lovely base note to use a a foundation for a wide variety of blends or on its own.
Plant Origin: Indonesia
Extraction Method: Steam distilled from leaves (organically grown but uncertified).
Shelf Life: Thickens and changes with age but doesn't expire. Vintage Patchouli is often sought for its deep aroma.
Storage: Store upright, lid tight, out of direct heat and sunlight
Selah oil blends that contain Patchouli essential oil:
Recommended as effective against body odor (Price, 93).
Used alone or in blends….successfully reduced the smell of fungating wounds in cancer patients (Price, 93).
Helps relieve hemorrhoids and varicose veins (Price, 242).
Anti-inflammatory (Price, 278).
Can help to clear the skin of acne and oily skin (Price, 244).
Can be used in a blend with frankincense, lemongrass, and lavender to combat stretch marks (Price, 245).
Reduces inflammation, kills bacteria, prevents or destroys fungal infections, cell regenerator, skin problems, acne, athlete’s foot, cracked and chapped skin, dermatitis, weeping eczema, fungal infections, insect bites, astringent action, tightens loose skin, increases the flow of urine, fluid retention, cystitis, urethritis, digestive complaints, indigestion, colitis, constipation, antimicrobial, vaginal infections, oral thrush, herpes, repels ants (Purchon, 94).
Patchouli was found to be effective against Cryptococcus and 16 other pathogenic fungi and commensal bacteria in a study by Yang (1996); (Buckle, 317).
Acne, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, anxiety, aphrodisiac, appetite suppressant, athlete’s foot, bactericidal, cellulite, decongestant, depression, dermatitis, diuretic, eczema, fever, insect bites, insect repellant, laxative, scarring, skin care (Althea Press, 383).
Stimulant, tonic, antiseptic, febrifuge, snake-bites, stings of poisonous insects, perfume, insecticide and antiseptic, skin disorders, anti-inflammatory, cell-regenerator, acne, cracked skin, eczema, fungal infections, dandruff, loss of appetite (Davis, 232).
Skin inflammations, fungal infections, acne, eczema, dandruff; as an antiseptic, diuretic, and insecticide (Worwood, 405).
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Apply diluted to the affected area as desired.
Ok for children 2+ with proper dilution.
Pregnancy and lactation safe with extra dilution.
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Diffuse or inhale directly.
Although the quality of Selah Oils is excellent, it is not advised to take essential oils internally unless under the guidance of a certified physician who is also certified in aromatherapy. We recommend getting internal dosing instructions from a licensed physician as some essential oils are not recommended for oral consumption. This is in no way a reflection on our oil quality, only a matter of safety and caution with respect to how concentrated essential oils are. When used within safe parameters, and under your physician's care, the quality of our essential oils is such that they can be used internally if deemed appropriate.
However, with that said, it is important to remember the extreme concentration of essential oils. "Using essential oils by rubbing them into the skin or via inhalation is in many cases more effective than oral delivery" (7. p.96).
All cautions listed for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion.
Do not use patchouli in cases of anorexia or with elderly people who have lost their appetite as it can reduce appetite.
May inhibit blood clotting.
If for any reason you get essential oils in your eyes, put carrier oil along the eyebrows above the eyes and on the cheekbones below the eyes.
Do not put essential oils inside your ear canal.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
All cautions listed for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. It is not advised to take essential oils internally unless under the guidance of a licensed physician who is also certified in aromatherapy.
GC/MS Key Constituents:
Patchoulene <beta-> 2.67%
Higley, Connie & Alan. Reference Guide for Essential Oils (2012).
Purchon, Nerys and Lora Cantele. The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook For Everyday Wellness (2014).
Tisserand, Robert. Essential Oil Safety, Second Ed. (2014).
Buckle, Jane. Clinical Aromatherapy Essential Oils in Practice (2003).
Worwood, Valerie. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy (1991).
Purchon, Nerys and Lora Cantele. The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Handbook for Everyday Wellness (2014).
Althea Press. Essential oils, Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing (2015).
Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z (2000).
Price, Shirley & Len. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals (2012).
Schnaubelt, Kurt Ph.D., Advanced Aromatherapy (1995), p. 96.
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