Patchouli the Unsung Hero
Often the unsung hero of essential oils here in the US, Patchouli oil has long been used in traditional Asian medicine. Patchouli was/is used to treat skin and hair problems, dermatitis, eczema, acne, dry chapped skin, dandruff, oily scalp, and is known to have wound healing and scar reducing properties. Patchouli’s link to sexual desire likely originated from India, where it is used in Tantric sexual practices.
Patchouli oil is derived from a large evergreen perennial that is a close relative of mint, lavender, and sage. Some say the name "patchouli" is derived from the ancient Tamil words "patchai" and "ellai," meaning "green leaf."; others say it comes from the Hindustan word "patchoi," meaning "to scent," referring to its use as a fragrance. Early European traders actually exchanged one pound of gold for a pound of Patchouli. The Romans used it as an appetite stimulant. In Egypt, it was said that King Tut arranged to have 10 gallons of patchouli oil buried with him in his tomb. Here in the States, Patchouli is often referred to as the “Hippie Herbal Oil” because it’s strong, musky, earthy and sweet aroma has been associated with the “flower children” of the 60’s.
Today, Patchouli oil is used in everyday products you have in your home such as a fragrance in skin and personal care products, air fresheners, laundry detergents, paper towels and candles., Patchouli oil helps relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. It is very effective for relaxation and meditation. Simply add a few drops in one of our Wonderful Scents Diffusers.
Patchouli Oil's Health Benefits
Patchouli oil can help soothe inflammation and inflammation related conditions, like gout and arthritis. Patchouli helps combat fungal infection like athlete's foot. Don’t forget Patchouli during cold and flu season; it can bolster your immune system and help you avoid colds, the flu, tonsillitis and it’s a natural way to reduce a fever. Patchouli oil has been known to stimulate sex hormones in men and women, and perhaps improve someone’s sex drive.
Coming soon to Wonderful Scents is our natural soy candle line. The line has a variety of scents, and we just had to include Patchouli as one of the scents. Please keep an eye out on Wonderful Scents and bring the natural, calming benefits of Patchouli to your day with our hand poured 100% soy candles with both wood and cotton wicks.
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