Patchouli oil is extracted from the leaves of the Patchouli plant through the process of steam distillation. The bushy herb produces small, pink flowers and grows about two or three feet tall. Patchouli oil’s strong scent has been used in perfumes, incense and insect repellents. It’s also commonly used in skin care products because of its abilities to help alleviate skin problems. Patchouli essential oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-fungal, antiseptic and antidepressant that can be used in many home remedies. (1)
Patchouli Oil Uses
1. Reduces Inflammation
Patchouli oil has the ability to fight inflammation in the body, which makes it a natural remedy for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and gout. The oil can also help heal external inflammation, caused by skin infections or irritations. (2) Rub 5 drops of patchouli essential oil into your hands and massage the inflamed areas.
2. Relieves Depression
Patchouli essential oil is commonly used in aromatherapy for its antidepressant properties. When inhaled, the oil encourages the release of serotonin and dopamine to reduce feelings of anger, anxiety and anxiousness. Diffuse the oil at home or add 10 drops to a warm bath to relieve anxiety.
3. Prevents Infections
The natural antiseptic properties of patchouli oil work to kill fungi that can cause an infection in cuts or sores. (3) If you are battling athlete’s foot or another fungal infection, rub 2-3 drops of patchouli essential oil onto the affected area.
4. Strengthens Skin and Hair
Patchouli essential oil naturally stimulates muscle contractions to prevent hair loss and sagging skin. The oil also promotes the regeneration of new skin cells. To strengthen hair, massage 5 drops of patchouli oil onto your scalp or add it to your conditioner. To promote young, healthy looking skin, add 5 drops of oil to your face was or lotion.
5. Minimizes Scars
Patchouli oil promotes quick healing to help minimize the look of scars, caused by acne, measles, or other skin conditions. (4) To help soften the look of scars or speed up healing, rub 2-3 drops of patchouli essential oil onto your hands then apply it to the affected area.
6. Reduces Insomnia
The sedative properties of patchouli essential oil help promote a more peaceful night’s sleep. Rub 2-3 drops of oil onto your hands and cup your nose to breathe in the oil’s sweet scent. You can also try massaging the oil onto your temples, neck and chest before bed.
7. Repels Bugs
Patchouli essential oil can be used as a natural bug repellent. Create a homemade bug spray or lotion using the oil, or diffuse the oil outside to keep mosquitoes and other bugs at bay.
8. Fights Fever
The natural anti-inflammatory properties of patchouli essential oil allow it to fight a fever by killing the infection and reducing inflammation. The oil also has cooling properties to help bring down your body temperature. Rub the oil onto your hands, neck and stomach to fight a fever. (5)
9. Flushes Toxins
Patchouli essential oil is a natural diuretic that works to remove excess salt, water and uric acid from the body. You can use it as a natural cleanse for your gallbladder, kidneys and liver. Consume 3-5 drops of oil by mixing it with lemon water or tea.
10. Naturally Deodorizes
The sweet and spicy aroma of patchouli essential oil naturally masks unpleasant body odor. The oil also works to kill germs and fight fungus. Rub 1-2 drops under your armpits or add it to your body lotion. You can also diffuse the oil to deodorize your home.