9 simple & beneficial patchouli essential oil recipes

By Alison Angold | Qualified Aromatherapist | CIDESCO ITEC

Patchouli essential oil on a shelf, beside an oil burner.  Patchouli essential oil recipes

Patchouli essential oil

It has a herby aroma, with a medicinal note and – at least I can smell – chocolate undertones!  It has an earthy tone, and it is quite a sensual, sultry aroma.

It is a pleasant smell, but patchouli essential oil should be used in smaller amounts as if over-used, can be overpowering to any other scents used.

Patchouli is a herb native to the tropical south and South East Asia, namely southern India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. It is the leaves and dried grass of the plant that is used to make Patchouli essential oil.

The patchouli plant is actually from the same family as the herb mint but is a much heavier fragrance than mint.

Patchouli essential oil has many therapeutic benefits and these are;

  • Anti-depressant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Cell regenerating
  • Diuretic
  • Fungicidal
  • Sedative
  • Stimulant
  • Tonic
  • Uplifting

This means that it can be used to create many effective patchouli essential oil recipes! Patchouli also makes a great and beneficial addition to PATCHOULI DIFFUSER BLENDS.

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Patchouli Essential Oil Recipes

Create and blend your own patchouli blend recipes to treat many different conditions!

Anti-ageing facial oil

This is a super-charged anti-aging facial oil. All 3 of these oils help to regenerate the skin cells, so keeps the skin looking fresh and hydrated. Rosehip oil also has its own anti-aging properties, while also being anti-inflammatory. Use daily, preferably in the evening, after cleansing, and before your normal moisturiser.

  • 15ml Rosehip oil
  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 2 drops Neroli
  • 2 drops Rose

Dry/chapped skin cream

This is an ideal cream to have on hand for use on any dry skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis. It can be used during the winter to ease dry skin on the hands too.

  • 50ml plain lotion
  • 6 drops Patchouli
  • 6 drops Bergamot
  • 6 drops Carrot seed

Calming/relaxing bath oil

A wonderful scented and relaxing bath oil that is ideal to use to de-stress, relieve anxiety, and prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep.

  • 50ml Sweet almond oil
  • 8 drops Patchouli
  • 6 drops Rose
  • 6 drops Frankincense

Digestive massage oil

Use this blend to gently massage the abdomen – although it does make a great all-over body oil too – when you are suffering from nervous digestion, nausea, or mild stomach issues.

  • 50ml Sweet almond oil
  • 6 drops Patchouli
  • 8 drops Petitgrain
  • 6 drops Mandarin

Varicose vein leg gel

This is a lovely cooling gel with healing, anti-inflammatory, and cooling properties, which will help ease the pain and pressure of varicose veins.

  • 50ml Aloe Vera gel
  • 6 drops Patchouli
  • 8 drops Lavender
  • 6 drops Lime

Diuretic massage oil

Use this oil to massage areas of fluid retention, swelling, or oedema.

  • 50ml Sweet almond oil
  • 6 drops Patchouli
  • 6 drops Sandalwood
  • 8 drops Lavender

Patchouli perfume roller blend

A great blend to keep in a rollerball applicator and apply as a perfume.

  • 10ml Sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Bergamot

Anti-Fungal cream

A great cream for your medicine cabinet – to treat any fungal skin or nail infections. Studies have shown that patchouli is effective for relieving fungal infections. Simply blend the ingredients and store them in an airtight amber jar. Use a spatula to take out what you need, to avoid contamination from your fingers. Apply a small amount to the affected area regularly to treat the infection.

  • 50ml plain cream
  • 6 drops Patchouli
  • 6 drops Lavender
  • 6 drops Tea Tree

Meditation diffuser blend

As patchouli is such a calming, grounding, and balancing oil, it is ideal to use for focusing during meditation or mindfulness. Add the drops of essential oil to your diffuser and burner and use them during your meditative practice.

  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 1 drops of Frankincense
  • 4 drops Chamomile

What does Patchouli essential oil blend well with?

The fun element about essential oils – especially for diffusing or burning them – is that you can experiment with blending different scents to see which go well, and more importantly which atoms you like. However, it is always important to bear in mind that each essential oil has a ‘note’. This means how quickly the aromas of the oil will last – and the notes have an effect on the overall scent of a blend.

Patchouli is a base note oil, which means that the scent will last longer than other oils it is blended with. This is not to say that the scent will be overpowering, but that, ideally, you will not want to create a blend that is purely base note oils – the aroma will be far too strong and heavy. You can read more about oil notes and techniques for blending to help you with your creations.

Patchouli blends particularly well with;

  • Vetiver
  • Sandalwood
  • Cedarwood
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Neroli
  • Bergamot
  • Myrrh
  • Clary sage

Patchouli products

Making your own Patchouli essential oil recipes is fun, and easy and you can create them specifically for your needs, but there are some super patchouli products that can be bought too.

About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist, and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years of experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, which has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.