How To Use Patchouli Essential Oil

Physical benefits of patchouli essential oil

Patchouli essential oil became well-known in the late 1900’s with the hippy movement, and you may be surprised by the rich, peppery aroma of the higher quality oil. The manufacturing of this oil dramatically affects the smell and purchasing a superior brand for this one is worth the investment.*

Patchouli is high in sesquiterpenes, which easily cross into the brain and calm the adrenal stress response and benefit the entire endocrine system. Women who have abnormally high testosterone or DHEA levels often associated with hormonal acne find this oil highly beneficial for regulating the reproductive hormones.*

Patchouli essential oil has a relaxing effect and is highly beneficial for the skin. Blending patchouli with cedarwood (to increase melatonin) and a high-quality, organic carrier oil or lotion can promote a good night sleep, tighten the pores, and balance hormones. Adding a drop of patchouli and copaiba (to increase energy) to your organic moisturizer can encourage focus, tighten the pores, and balance hormones.*

Because of its intense aroma, you will find blending patchouli with other essential oils such as frankincense, bergamot, orange, lavender, clove, copaiba, and fir most appealing. Diffusing this oil with citrus oil will lighten the aroma. Applying this oil topically with other resin essential oils will harness the skin beautifying properties.*

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Emotional benefits of patchouli essential oil

There is a scientific reason behind why hippies fell in love with the scent of patchouli.  Patchouli calms the nervous system, reduces the inflammatory response, and targets the brain. This combination of benefits invokes feelings of peace and tranquility. The world would be a more beautiful place everyone used a little patchouli oil. If you are looking for a bit of peace and tranquility, then add a few drops of patchouli essential oil to your blend of choice and quietly meditate.*

Patchouli essential oil encourages emotional strength and willpower to help overcome all sorts of addictions, including food addictions, sugar cravings, smoking, and alcohol. Diffusing a few drops of patchouli, thyme, and lime can soothe the soul to stick with the best decisions and make the most of the day.*



Patchouli essential oil research articles:

Research shows that comparing the odors and constituents demonstrated that the aroma profile of patchouli depends on the manufacturing process

Toshio Hasegawa, Kazuma Yoshitome, Takashi Fujihara, Mardi Santoso, Muhammad Abdul Aziz, Characteristic Changes in the Aroma Profile of Patchouli Depending on Manufacturing Process, Journal of Oleo Science, 2017, Volume 66, Issue 8, Pages 863-869, Released August 01, 2017, [Advance publication] Released July 12, 2017, Online ISSN 1347-3352, Print ISSN 1345 8957,,


A study shows that patchouli essential oil is a safer and more cost-effective option for mosquito control

Hassan Ga’al, Hatem Fouad, Guofeng Mao, Jiaxin Tian & Mo Jianchu (2018) Larvicidal and pupicidal evaluation of silver nanoparticles synthesized using Aquilaria sinensis and Pogostemon cablin essential oils against dengue and zika viruses vector Aedes albopictus mosquito and its histopathological analysis, Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology, 46:6, 1171-1179, DOI: 10.1080/21691401.2017.1365723


A study demonstrates that patchouli oil significantly alleviated colonic damage and reduced disease activity indicators and rats with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Yu X, Yang G, Jiang H, Lin S, Liu Y, Zhang X, Zeng H, Su Z, Huang S, Shen L, Zhang X. Patchouli oil ameliorates acute colitis: A targeted metabolite analysis of 2,4,6-trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid-induced rats. Exp Ther Med. 2017 Aug;14(2):1184-1192. doi: 10.3892/etm.2017.4577. Epub 2017 Jun 12.


A study of patchouli oil illustrates the regulation of the inflammatory cytokine profile and suppression of T cell response, which highlights clinical implications for treatment of immune-based disorders

Su J, He J, Su Z, Zhou L, Zeng Y, Lai X, Li Y. Mol, T cell inhibition by pogostone from Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth: In vitro and in vivo immunosuppressive analysis.  Med Rep. 2017 Oct;16(4):4511-4520. doi: 10.3892/mmr.2017.7147. Epub 2017 Aug 2. PubMed [citation]PMID: 28791344 PMCID: PMC5647011