Benefits of Patchouli Oil

02/10/2013 admin Essential Oil Profiles

patchouli

 

What is the Genus Species? Pogostemon cablin

Why is this information important? There are several species of patchouli that are grown in different parts of Asia including Indonesia, China, India, Brazil and Malaysia. The cablin species is definitely considered a superior species, especially for therapeutic use.

It is always best to purchase your essential oil by common name and genus species so you know exactly what you are getting!

Where is the name derived from? Patchouli comes from the Hindustan word “pacholi” meaning “to scent”. Indian shawls and fabrics were scented with patchouli in the 19th century

Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!

What Part of the Plant is Used? Flower

What is the ORAC Value? 49, 400 µTE/100g

Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that silk traders from China traveling to the Middle East packed their silk cloth with dried patchouli leaves in the 18th and 19th century? Yes, this was said to prevent moths from laying eggs on the material.

What are the Plant Properties? Anti-infectious, natural anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antitoxic, astringent, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, insecticidal, stimulant, relaxant, digestive aid and tonic.

What are the Documented Patchouli Benefits and Uses? Anxiety, allergies, cellulite, dandruff, hypertension, skin conditions (acne, eczema, dermatitis, scaring, wrinkles, soothes inflamed skin, tightens sagging skin, tissue regeneration or fades scars), digestive problems (nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting), haemorrhoids, vein tonic, water and fluid retention, weight reduction and wounds.

This oil also assimilates toxic material in the body!

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its sweet and rich aroma is calming and relaxing physically and mentally.

What is the Spiritual Influence? This oil has been used to relax the mind and clarify thoughts for hundreds of years.

It is primarily used to align the heart chakra with the root and sacral chakras. It does this by releasing obsessions, insecurities and jealousies and enhancing our desire to live a fuller life.

It also ground the body and asks us to stay in the present moment rather than stressing about things that are beyond our control.

What Chakra is Affected? The heart and crown chakras expand.

What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Orange

How do I use it?

Use NEAT (undiluted). Then,

  • Apply several drops (2-4) on location
  • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
  • Directly inhale
  • Diffuse, or
  • May be used as a dietary supplement.

Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No

Can this oil be used for Pets? Yes, it has natural deodorizing qualities and is great for the skin. It is also a natural insect repellent.

Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Pine and citrus products and oils in particular that are not therapeutic grade. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

What are the Safety Precautions? Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used for healing results. Because it is approved as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL) by the FDA, Patchouli Oil is readily available on the market in many different qualities.

It is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS). Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age.

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that patchouli (synthetic) is still widely used in the perfume industry today?

Did you know that Japan and Malaysia still use patchouli as an antidote for snake bites?

Want to Purchase Therapeutic Patchouli Essential Oil?

Get it at our store www.nbodyshop.com/store. If you have the time, do check out the range of other Essential Oils that we offer.

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