Patchouli

Pogostemon cablin
Botanical name: 
Pogostemon cablin

Balancing, sensual and grounding

Please note: The information below is meant to give a brief outline of how an oil can be applied by a trained aromatherapist.
Please do not use this information as a guide for how to use essential oils at home.

Properties and applications: 
Digestive Tonic - constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, IBS, sluggish digestion,
Cytophylactic - skin rejuvenation, improving scar tissue, mature skin
Antidepressant - anxiety, nervous tension, lack of confidence, low self esteem, depression
Diuretic/Cleansing - toxin build up
Central Nervous System Restorative - exhaustion, anxiety, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome
Cicatrisant - dermatitis, psoriasis, boils, acne, cold sores
Astringent - skin care, excessive perspiration
Anti-inflammatory - rashes, inflamed skin, allergy,
Family: 
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Country of origin: 
India, Indonesia, Philippines
Part of plant used: 
Dried leaves
Method of extraction: 
Steam distillation
Blends with: 
Sweet florals, spicy oils - is dominant in a blend with a lingering scent.
Chemical character: 
Alcohol type
Safety information: 
No known contra-indications.
Odour profile: 
Rich, earthy, woody, peaty, sweet and musky.
Plant description: 
Bushy herb with white and purple flowers, and furry leaves.
Historical use: 
Used as an antidote to snake and insect bites, a skin care herb and scent of the hippy era of the 1960's.

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