Patchouli: A love or hate relationship to overcome?
Using or even blending Patchouli can be a challenge, especially if you do not like the aroma of it! Patchouli has some really amazing potential uses. If you are interested in wanting find out more about it and how you can reap its benefits but not be sick to your stomach, consider staying with me for a few moments.
Why would I want to use Patchouli to begin with?
As I mentioned, Patchouli really does have some amazing potential uses. It used to be a very popular base note in perfumes and colognes in the 70’s. However, it is so much more than that.
For example, it can be very soothing and calming to an overactive mind. I know recently, I have experienced a lot of overthinking and used it in a blend to help me refocus, reflect on what actually is, and really slow down enough to focus my thoughts.
Along this line of thinking, it also can be helpful in formulations used to soothe anxiety and stress. I will be sharing a recipe I have used for this a little later.
Patchouli has also been studied for its sedative effects. The research conclusion is that it does indeed have those effects! So if you are someone that can’t use Lavender, Patchouli may be your answer1.
Patchouli was also tested against several strains of fungus and found to be useful in antimicrobial and antifungal preparations.2,3 I know I have used patchouli in a clay formulation to be used on athlete’s foot.
I know a few individuals that also find this helpful in soothing the perception of pain and inflammation.
It may be great, but what can you possibly blend with it to help with or balance the aroma?
As I mentioned before, it is often used as a base note in perfumery. If we keep this in mind, we can often find a few really amazing options to help in creating a beautiful blend. I admit though, a Patchouli that is not well aged can be hard to take if the right essential oils are not chosen. So what can you try?
Let’s look at a few top, middle and other base notes to start.
How do I start blending?
There really isn’t a wrong way to find a blend that works for you. You can always do one drop of patchouli and multiple drops of other essential oils to get started if you want to reap the benefits of patchouli. Or if you like more patchouli, use more.
Or, if you are interested in a few recipes to help get you started, you can get a few here. If you like these you may like the recipes for Lime soon to follow! Just make sure you are signed up for the Be Kind Botanicals Club so you can get the Lime pdf in your inbox!
Remember, patchouli is like wine…the more aged the better and more complex and divine you will find this essential oil to be! Happy blending!
1 Ito K, Akahoshi Y, Ito M, Kaneko S. Sedative effects of inhaled essential oil components of traditional fragrance Pogostemon cablin leaves and their structure–activity relationships. Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine. 2016;6(2):140-145. doi:10.1016/j.jtcme.2015.01.004.
2 Kocevski, D., Du, M., Kan, J., Jing, C., Lačanin, I. and Pavlović, H. Antifungal Effect of Allium tuberosum, Cinnamomum cassia, and Pogostemon cablin Essential Oils and Their Components Against Population of Aspergillus Species. Journal of Food Science 2013; 78: M731–M737. doi: 10.1111/1750-3841.12118
3 Pattnaik S1, Subramanyam VR, Kole C. Antibacterial and antifungal activity of ten essential oils in vitro. Microbios. 1996;86(349):237-46