Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Patchouli may also be referred to as Patchouli - India, Pogostemom cablin. It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the leaves.
Patchouli oil comes from the leaves of Pogostemon cablin plants. It has a spicy, woody scent.
Earthy Exotic Musky Resinous Rich Sensual Slightly floral Warm Woody
- Common Name(s): Patchouli - India, Pogostemom cablin
Synonyms(s) for Pogostemon cablin: Mentha cablin, Pogostemon battakianus, Pogostemon comosus, Pogostemon heyneanus var. patchouly, Pogostemon javanicus, Pogostemon patchouly, Pogostemon patchouly var. suavis, Pogostemon suavis, Pogostemon tomentosus
- Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
- Botanical Genus: Pogostemon
- Chemical Family: Sesquiterpenes, Sesquiterpenols
- Major Compounds: Patchouli Alcohol, a-Bulnesene, a-Guaiene, Seychellen, Gamma-Patchoulene, a-Patchoulene
- Perfumery Note: Base
- Consistency: Medium - Thick
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
- Color: Deep Golden Brown
- Indigenous Country: India, Indonesia
- Cultivation: Organically Grown
- Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
- Part Typically Used: Leaves
- Shelf Life: gets better with age
- Ethically and sustainably sourced
Benefits & Uses
May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:
Therapeutic Benefits of Patchouli:
Anti-anxiety Anti-bacterial Anti-depressant Anti-fungal Anti-inflammatory Anti-septic Cicatrisant Cooling Deodorant Insect Repellent Sedative Tonic
Cautions & Safety
Cautions when using Patchouli:
Tisserand and Young indicate that Patchouli Oil may inhibit blood clotting and pose a drug interaction hazard. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young,Essential Oil Safety(Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 382.]
Safety Precautions for Patchouli:
Do not take any oilsinternallyand do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils withchildrenand be sure to first read therecommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, readEssential Oil Safetyby Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities
Energetics and Chakras Qualites of Patchouli:
1st Chakra - Survival and Support 2nd Chakra - Relationships 3rd Chakra - Personal Power 7th Chakra - Higher Information Clarity Grounding Introspective Meditative Protective Source Energy
Patchouli Articles or Publications:
- PubMed: Serological and molecular studies of a novel virus isolate causing yellow mosaic of Patchouli [Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth].
- PubMed: Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth. Using leaf explants: bactericidal effect of leaf extracts and counteracting strategies.
- PubMed: [Constituents analysis on volatile oil of Pogostemon cablin from different collection time cultivated in Hainan].
- PubMed: Production of patchouli mild mosaic virus resistant patchouli plants by genetic engineering of coat protein precursor gene.
- PubMed: [Study on the tissue culture and plant regeneration of Pogostemon cablin].
- PubMed: Regeneration of patchouli (Pogostemon cablin Benth.) plants from leaf and node callus, and evaluation after growth in the field.
- PubMed: Biosynthesis of the sesquiterpene patchoulol from farnesyl pyrophosphate in leaf extracts of Pogostemon cablin (patchouli): mechanistic considerations.
- PubMed: Biosynthesis of sesquiterpenes in Pogostemon cablin leaf discs.