Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)


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A bushy herb that grows up to 1 metre tall, originally from Malaysia and India, but is now cultivated throughout China, Indonesia, and the Philippines. It is a perennial with large fragrant, furry leaves and white flowers. The leaves were used as a deterrent to moths and insects in clothing, and the oil has been used in many well-known perfumes. Patchouli oil, like a number of other oils such as Clove, is sensitive to iron. In these primitive stills it is very difficult to avoid contact with iron. The result is that the oil from this type of production (which is most of it) has a fairly dark yellow to reddish colour due to the iron. Distillation time is long – typically 8 hours or longer.

Some connoisseurs of Patchouli, appreciate this colour and particularly ask for it. It is indicative of jungle or village production. Other users do not wish to have the oil of this colour (preferring almost clear), or find negative reactions to the iron in some of their blends. For instance, Clove (or the essential oils containing eugenol) will give an intense green colour when mixed with patchouli. Patchouli oil is said to improve with age.

Beneficial in skin caring and treatment for wrinkles, some inflamed and irritated skin, and also a popular inclusion into hair products.

Ingredients: Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Oil

Botanical name: Pogostemon cablin

Common name: Patchouli

Plant part: Leaves

Extraction method: Steam distilled

Common uses: Patchouli essential oil has been known to be soothing to the nervous system and has traditionally been used to relieve symptoms of depression and stress.

Note: Base

Strength of aroma: Medium

Aromatic scent: Rich, warm, woody and earthy aroma.

Caution: Non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising, Avoid during pregnancy.


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Additional information

Bottle Size

5mL, 10mL, 50mL, 100mL

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