From Woodstock to Your Medicine Chest
No single scent is more closely associated with a subculture than patchouli oil is with the hippie culture of the 60’s. It was an age associated with exploring eastern philosophies and practices like yoga and meditation, learning about the healing arts like acupuncture and aromatherapy, and using natural remedies. Patchouli was popular then as it is now for its deep, woodsy, earthy scent.
Native to tropical Asia, this relative of the mint family has a soothing scent that relaxes the mind, protects the body, and is a favorite of people around the world.
Here are 4 everyday uses for patchouli essential oil:
- Bug Repellent: Probably the reason so many outdoor-oriented people like it, patchouli oil is a natural bug repellent. It can be added to a sprayer, used in a diffuser, or added to the laundry to add bug repellent powers to clothes.
- Fight Infection: Patchouli has natural anti-bacterial properties, as well as being able to stimulate the immune system. Rubbing 2-3 drops into the infected area can eliminate minor infections.
- Massage Oil: When added to a carrier oil, patchouli oil can reduce inflammation in joints and muscles without any chemical analgesics.
- Skin Care: Dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and athlete’s foot can all be relieved easily by patchouli oil. Simply rub a bit of the oil into the affected area. It goes without saying that you should see a doctor anytime you start taking anything new for medicinal purposes, but we love that patchouli essential oil is 100% natural.
Tip: The long lasting aroma of patchouli may be too strong for some people. As a reminder, only a drop or two of essential oils are needed to enjoy the benefits. It can be blended with other essential oils.