Patchouli essential oil is sourced from the leaves of the Pogostemon cablin plant originate from tropical regions of Asia. Patchouli oil has a distinct rich, earthy, wine-type aroma. The aroma has a calming vibe that balance feelings of worry and nervous tension.
In order to produce patchouli oil, the leaves and stems of the plant are harvested and allowed to dry out. They then undergo a distillation process to extract the essential oil.
Ways to Use Patchouli Essential Oil
Patchouli essential oil can be use in two ways to get their health benefits to the body. It can be use by applying to your skin and inhale through the bottle or diffuser. It also can be added to baths to have some relaxing moment after long day at work.
According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, most essential oil blends for skin application should contain between 1% and 5% essential oil. Essential oils used for topical application should be diluted in a carrier oil. There are a wide variety of carrier oils available, including jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, and avocado oil. If you’re concerned about having a skin reaction, conduct a patch test before using patchouli oil on your skin
Inhaled and Diffuse
Patchouli oil can also be used for aromatherapy via methods like steam inhalation or a diffuser. Like with topical applications, it’s important to dilute essential oils appropriately. When inhaling essential oils, do so in a well-ventilated area, taking a break every 30 minutes.
Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil
Although research on the aroma therapeutic use of patchouli essential oil is very limited, there’s some evidence that it may offer certain health benefits. In recent years, researchers have been actively investigating many of the uses and benefits of patchouli oil. Below, we’ll explore what their research tells us so far.
A 2011 study shown that pretreating immune cells called macrophages with patchouli alcohol lowered the levels of these molecules produced by the cells when they were stimulated while a 2016 study in cultured cells found that patchouli oil reduced migration of immune cells called neutrophils.
Patchouli oil is also widely known for its ability to support skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and other blemishes. A 2014 study treated mice with patchouli oil for two hours and then exposed them to ultraviolet radiation, which can age and damage skin. Using a variety of tests, they assessed the potential protective effects of patchouli oil.
A 2005 report found that patchouli oil may help protect against mosquito bites by acting as an insect repellent. Discovering natural insecticides could be very beneficial, as many man-made insecticides are damaging to the environment.
Thus, a 2008 study found that patchouli oil was the most efficient way to kill house flies when apply topically. Patchouli oil also the most toxic to 2 species of mosquitoes according to a study in 2015 but it is less toxic than man-made pesticides.
Patchouli oil is considered as mild essential oil. It does not often elicit irritation or an allergic response when apply topically at any area of the body. However, you should noted that whenever applying it to the skin, make sure to dilute it with carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, avocado oil or coconut oil.
Consult your doctor first if you are pregnant, breastfeed or on medication. Patchouli oil can affect blood clotting and those who have hemophilia or taking blood-thinning medication should avoid using the oil at all cost. Do not ingest essential oil, only recommended for external use only. Keep away your children or pets from inhaling or applying the patchouli oil.
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