Patchouli Oil Uses and Benefits

By Patricia | April 14, 2009
Patchouli Oil

why patchouli perfume relates with "Swinging sixties"? How it helps in aromatherapy massage?

Who wouldn't have liked to be born in the sixties; a free spirit breaking away from all the old shackles of society? If there ever was a decade in recent history that has left a lasting impact on modern society, it is the swinging sixties. This was the era of love, art, exploration, and patchouli.

Yes, this essential oil, which is extracted from the leaves of the patchouli plant, is the most popular smell associated with the sixties. Its rich and earthy smell was popularized in various perfumes that were produced during this era including Madame Calèche, Chamade, Rochas, Fidji, Ô de Lancome, and Y. Love was in the air and patchouli was the smell on which it wafted in through the windows and doors. Other than perfumes, patchouli was also widely used, and continues to be used, in soaps, deodorants, creams, lotions, massage oils, and bath products.

Patchouli oil has many natural benefits. It is an astringent and also has antiseptic and disinfectant properties. It is also an antidepressant and is also supposed to be an aphrodisiac. Patchouli oil is supposed to be very beneficial for the skin. It helps in removing scars and blemishes and facilitates the regeneration of tissue. It also promotes blood circulation to the skin. In fact, the many beneficial effects of patchouli on the skin are the main reason why it is such a popular ingredient in skin care products.

The essential oil of patchouli is also widely used in aromatherapy massage. In addition to being good for the skin, the oil also helps to ease inflammation and fights infections. Regular massage with patchouli oil can help your skin feel taut and young. The distinctive fragrance of the oil is also very useful in inducing relaxation and relieving depression. Aromatherapy massage with patchouli oil is also considered to be a sensuous experience.

Patchouli oil is also used as a base oil in different blended oils for aromatherapy massage. Popular blends include patchouli oil blended with lavender, rose, geranium, or neroli. It is also popular when mixed with citrus or wood based oils. When using patchouli oil, it must be borne in mind that this is one of the few oils that improves with age. As the oil ages, it dons a rich amber color. When buying patchouli oil, look for this color, as opposed to a light yellow color, which denotes a young oil.

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