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Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli Essential Oil

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Patchouli essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and flowers of an Asian perennial evergreen in the mint family. The oil is widely used in perfumery and incense making, and its earthy scent is used in aromatherapy to release feelings of self-doubt and promote a sense of balance.

Bulk Patchouli Essential Oil ~ Monterey Bay Spice Co

quick look

information at a glance
extraction methodsteam distillation
edibleNot recommended for internal use.
safetyDo not use during pregnancy. May increase photosensitivity.
flash point212°F / 100°C
fragrance note classification base

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
storage tipsKeep in a cool, dark place free of direct light.
appearance & aromaLight yellow to amber in color with a musky and sweet “wet earth” aroma. Both color and scent of this oil deepen with age.


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aromatherapyDiffuse alone or in a blend with other oils. Dilute a few drops in carrier oil and rub onto soles of feet or the back of the neck.
cosmetics / personal careMix a few drops into your favorite skin lotion or cream. Excellent for use in natural deodorants.
massage / bath / spaUse to scent homemade soaps, bath oils and massage oils. Add a few drops to your shampoo to counter excess oil.
perfumeryUse as a base note and fixative in custom perfume blends.
industrialPatchouli essential oil is used in the fragrance, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. It is also used to scent paper towels.
householdPatchouli essential oil is a natural insect repellent.

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[ tip: Stir a few drops of patchouli essential oil into coconut oil and apply to sore muscles and joints.   ~ from Monterey Bay Spice Company ]

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aromatic profile & blending companions

essential oil

Musky and slightly balsamic. Blends well with bergamot, clary sage, cedarwood, frankincense, ginger, lavender, myrrh, rose geranium, sandalwood and ylang ylang.

formulas & recipes

essential oil

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what else you should know

essential oil

Patchouli oil has been used for centuries in China and Japan to address various inflammatory skin issues. The oil contains several unique organic compounds that are responsible for its scent as well as its anti-inflammatory activity. One of these, a sesquiterpene alcohol referred to as patchouli alcohol or PA, is used in the production of the chemotherapy drug Taxol.

In the 1800s, the scent of patchouli oil emanating from imported fabrics from the east became a marker of quality. So much so that European exporters scented their products with patchouli oil to instill confidence in their quality. The oil is still used today to deter moths and other pests from infesting fabrics while in shipment.

In ancient Rome and Egypt, patchouli oil was considered so valuable that it was once literally equal to its weight on gold. It was apparently a particular favorite of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, better known as King Tut, whose body was reputedly laid to rest in a tomb containing 10 gallons of patchouli oil.

For more information on how to use essential oils please read our article: Aromatherapy Basics for Using Pure Essential Oils

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