Herb of the Day: Patchouli


Patchouli
( Pogostemon patchouli )

Patchouli is a perennial herb with large fragrant, furry leaves.The oil is extracted from dried patchouli leaves is good for aging skin.

This bushy herb has a sturdy stem and large fragrant leaves. It is a native to Indonesia ans the Philippines, and is cultivated in India, China, Malaysia, and South America. Patchouli oil has a role in traditional Japanese, Chinese, and Malay medicine and was at one time the principal remedy against venomous snake and insect bites. The oil has bactericidal and fungicidal properties, making it an excellent treatment for skin disorders such as athlete’s foot and impetigo. It is also used as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antiseptic. Patchouli oil is distilled from the dried leaves of the plant. The oil has a sweet, earthy scent that improve as the oil ages, you well either love it or hate it. Smell is very important to Aromatherapy, so only use this oil if you like its scent. Patchouli has many uses, and is especially pleasant when used as part of a blend. It has a intense odor
Patchouli oil blends well with rose,geranium, bergamot, neroli, yang yang, lemon, sandalwood, clary sage, clove, cedarwood, lavender.
Aids with: stress related problems, chapped and cracked skin, open pores, acne, athlete’s foot, impetigo, cellulite and mature skin, dandruff, anxiety , sexual problems,allergies, hemorrhoids, aging skin, cell regenerator, promotes wound healing.
Buy Patchouli oil from a reputable source. The oil is sometimes adulterated with cedar or other oils.

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