Does Anyone Really Use Patchouli Oil?

While the title may seem sarcastic, today I want to highlight some of the uses for Patchouli oil. Patchouli oil is one of the most distinctive oils yet, few know how incredibly useful this common oil can be.

First lets have a bit of history.

Despite its rich musky scent patchouli is actually a member of the mint family. This oil is widely used as a base for perfumes and in skin products. The oil is steam distilled from the leaf of the plant. The main chemical components of patchouli are – Patchouli alcohol, α-Bulnesene, α-Guaiene. These allow the patchouli to have its effect our skin system as well as our emotions.

This oil blends well with – bergamot, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, lemongrass, myrrh, pine, rosewood and sandalwood.


So now on to the goods. How can you put this versatile powerhouse to work for you?

First this oil can be used two ways. Topically (on your skin) or Aromatically ( by inhaling the scent). While this oil is classified as “neat” which means you can apply undiluted to the skin, I always recommend dilution. Everyone’s skin is different so if you choose to apply this topically please be mindful of diluting it with a carrier oil.

Patchouli works very well to ground and calm our emotions, help reduce blemishes and promote a glowing complexion.

  • Add to daily moisturizer to help reduce the appearance of blemishes. You can also add patchouli to your body moisturizer to give all of your skin some loving.
  • Add three drops in a diffuser with 3 drops of bergamot to calm and uplift. This blend is particularly helpful when studying or in any situation when you need to focus
  • Apply one to two drops to back of neck after a long day of work.
  • To deodorize stinky shoes, add 1 drop to two cotton balls. Place one ball in each shoe and let sit overnight.
  • combine 1 drop with 1 drop of vetiver and 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil. Apply to the bottoms of your feet to bring calm to your mind and emotions.
  • Sleepy time spray. Mix 4 drops with 8 drops of lavender in 2 ounces of water and store in a glass spray bottle. Spray on your pillow before bed.


There you go! 6 uses for Patchouli essential oil. This oil is one of my favorite but, I will issue a word of caution. A little bit goes a very long way. You can quickly become over come by the rich musky aroma so, start with one drop at a time. What do you think? Are you going to use Patchouli in one of these ways after reading this?

Please remember that the oils I recommend here are 100% pure therapeutic grade oil. You always want to use the purest oils to avoid exposure to fillers and toxic chemicals. To find out what oil brand I recommend send me an email on my contact page. Also, if you are interested in essential oils but, you don’t know where to start, contact me and I can get you a sample kit of the oils I use.  


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