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.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    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 Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

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.