The strong and distinctive smell of patchouli has made it a common ingredient in perfumes and deodorants for years. It shares familial roots with herbs such as lavender, mint and sage. By distilling the leaves and flowers of the plant, a very beneficial essential oil is generated with amazingly healthy properties you should be taking advantage of.
The health benefits of Patchouli essential oil are due to its properties as an antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrizing, diuretic, fungicidal, insecticidal and sedative properties. As you can see, there are so many healthy properties for your entire body, it is an excellent tonic for overall health as well.
However, let’s look at a few specific cases when you should really consider Patchouli essential oil as your first option.
Health benefits of Patchouli essential oil
Speeds up metabolism: Patchouli oil is a tonic that speeds up your metabolism and tones your stomach, liver and intestines.
Cuts/burns and bites: Due to both its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, this oil has the ability to both soothe inflamed injuries and prevent future infections. This works well for scrapes, burns, bites, etc. Rub 3-5 drops of patchouli essential oil onto the wound or add 5 drops to a bath and soak for 20 minutes. The anti-inflammatory properties also make it an effective treatment for arthritis and gout.
Reduces Fever: Patchouli essential oil reduces body temperature in cases of fever by fighting the infections that cause the fever.
Inflammation: Patchouli oil can help soothe inflammation and/or irritation. It also works for inflammation-related conditions, like gout and arthritis.
Antidepressant: Patchouli works great for people suffering from depression.
Sexual Potency: Patchouli has the ability to stimulate and regulate hormonal development and growth, which means an increased sex drive and higher testosterone levels in men. In women, it can help regulate hormones during menopause.
Bug Repellant: Patchouli oil is a very effective natural bug repellent. It works well topically, defused into rooms and even can help eliminate bed bugs. Other bugs repelled by Patchouli include mosquitos, fleas, ants, lice, moths and flies. Add to your laundry to make your clothes repel bugs or add to a carrier oil and apply to your skin before going out.
Natural Deodorant: Due to its sweet, musky and spice aroma, many people use it as a deodorant or to eliminate other odors. It also kills germs, fungus and bacteria’s that cause odors. Add a few drops to a cotton ball and rub under your arms or in other smelly areas.
As you can see there are many benefits to using Patchouli oil in your life. Remember to use it in moderation at first as it can act as a sedative, which will lower your energy levels. To avoid this, use only a few drops and/or dilute with water or a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil. Though generally regarded as safe to use, if you are pregnant consult your physician before using daily.