Parts used: Shoots and leaves
Patchouli grows to about 3′ high and the leaves are harvested 2-3 times a year. It’s native to Malaysia and the Philippines, but is now cultivated worldwide in tropical and subtropical areas.
It has been used in Asia, India and the Middle East as an aphrodisiac, antidepressant and antiseptic. Patchouli essential oil is used in aromatherapy to treat skin complaints. It is believed to have a positive effect in regeneration of skin cells and for skin complaints. The oil could also be used to treat varicose veins.
Note: do not take the essential oil internally!