What does Patchouli essential oil smell like?

By Alison Angold CIDESCO ITEC

Patchouli essential oil has a very unique aroma.  It has a herby aroma, with a medicinal note but also with a chocolate tone!  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 an 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.

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Therapeutic actions of patchouli essential oil

  • Antidepressant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Cytophylactic
  • Diuretic
  • Fungicidal
  • Sedative
  • Stimulant
  • Tonic
  • Uplifitng

What are the benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil?

Patchouli for the skin

A great addition to an anti-ageing cream or facial oil as patchouli is cytophylactic which means it encourages cell renewal in the lower layers of the skin.  This also makes it ideal for use on healing scars and other dry or chapped conditions.  It is also useful to treat fungal infections of the skin, such as athletes foot.

Patchouli for the nervous system

Patchouli relieves stress related conditions and helps to calm and soothe the nervous system to relieve these symptoms.  It is a good oil to calm anxiety and is useful for lethargy and exhaustion.  It is an oil that is good for easing many mental emotional conditions, so calms and grounds a person as well as clearing the mind and uplifting the emotions.  Patchouli is warming, grounding and uplifting,

Patchouli for the digestive system

This oil is a stimulant for the digestive system – it helps peristalsis which means it encourages food through the digestive system so helps prevent bloating and constipation. It can calm and soothe nervous digestion and relieve feelings of nausea and symptoms of flatulence.

Patchouli for the circulatory system

It is useful for treating and preventing varicose veins as it has a constricting effect on blood vessels.

Patchouli for fluid retention

Patchouli is a diuretic oil so it is useful for treating the swelling and puffiness of water retention, as well as helping to break up the toxins and fat deposits of cellulite.

Patchouli essential oil blends well with;

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

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-ageing 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-ageing 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

Read about alternative carrier oils HERE.

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

Fungal cream

A great cream for your medicine cabinet – to treat any fungal skin or nail infections. Simply blend the ingredients together and store 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 on a regular basis to treat the infection.

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

Calming/relaxing bath oil

A wonderful scented and relaxing bath oil, ideal to use to de-stress, relieve anxiety and prepare yourself for a good nights sleep.

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

Digestive massage oil

  • 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
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Patchouli diffuser blends

Use a diffuser or burner to scent your room, with these wonderful Patchouli blends.

Woody cologne

Patchouli, Cedarwood & Lavender

Sultry Summer Fresh

Patchouli, Orange & Grapefruit

Insect Repellent Blend

Patchouli, Citronella & Lemongrass

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The best Patchouli essential oil products

Blending your own Patchouli oils and products is easy and fun, but there are some brilliant Patchouli products available.

E’spa Replenishing Facial Oil is a delicious blend of Patchouli, Neroli & Sandalwood, with Avocado and Evening Primrose oil all to nourish, hydrate and replenish. This super charged oil leaves your skin glowing!

Precautions of Patchouli essential oil

Patchouli is not non-toxic, non irritating or non-sensitising so is safe to use for most people.

Due to its slightly heavier aroma, it should be used in moderation so not to over-power additional oils used with it.

About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years 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, that 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.