Patchouli Pogostemon patchouli

Pogostemon patchouli
Patchouli leaves on salt
  • Common Names
  • Patchouli
  • Botanical Name
  • Pogostemon patchouli
  • Family

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Patchouli

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How to Use: Patchouli

Patchouli is used almost exclusively in externally applications, as a herb infused oil, or the essential oil. Patchouli gained a certain reputation in the 60's and 70's as the preferred scent for Deadheads and hippies, perhaps because it's pungent scent was thought to mask the smell of cannabis. Patchouli is known for healing of dry and itching skin, controling appetite, and to relieve depression. Personal reactions to the scent of patchouli seem to vary, people either love the scent or detest it.

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Patchouli oil improves with age and is used as a base note in aromatherapy oils. The aromatic leaves can also be used in herbal infused oils, and bath herbs for skin care.

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Plant Description

  • Plant Class:Perennial SubShrub
  • Etymology: From the Greek pogon - bearn, and stemon , stamen refers to the bearded filaments.
  • Flowers/Fruit/Seeds:Spikes of white, violet marked flowers with violet stamens.
  • Parts used: Leaves are distilled for the essential oil
  • Leaves:Ovate to triangular, saw edged
  • Distribution: Native to India and Malaysia

How to Grow Patchouli

Pogostemon is a mint relative that prefers a shady spot in the garden. Widely cultivated in India, it can be grown as a contain plant in areas that experience a cold frost. Propagate by cuttings.