Patchouli Organic Essential Oil from Indonesia
Patchouli Organic Essential Oil from Indonesia

Patchouli Organic Essential Oil from Indonesia

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Patchouli Organic Essential Oil from Indonesia 

Batch: E1001132


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Botanical name: Pogostemoncablin


Botanical Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)


Method of extraction: steam distillation


Plant part used to extract the oil:dried leaves, which have usually been slightly fermented.


Cultivation method: organic


Country of origin: Indonesia; native totropical Asia (Indonesia and Philippines), India, Malaysia, etc., now extensively cultivated in tropical climates around the world, especially in Asia, Madagascar, South America and the Caribbean.Also sometimes distilled in Europe from dried leaves. Indonesia currently produces over 90% of the global volume of patchouli oil.


Historical notes:

The word ‘patchouli’ derives from the Tamil patchai (Tamil: பச்சை) or paccuḷi, meaning "green", and ellai (Tamil: இலை), meaning "leaf".


Patchouli has a long history of traditional uses in Asia – from incense to perfumes (body, garments, carpets and textiles), and even fragrant ink (China).


Patchouli travelled along the silk trading routes in trunks - first to Middle East and then, in 19th century, to the West – but not as the main cargo or a precious treasure. Its aromatic leaves weresimply tacked between the layers of silks and carpets, as an insect repellent, and during the journey, they would infuse the goods with their characteristic fragrance. Soon it became associated with the mysterious, exotic Far East.


Patchouli became a signature sent of the hippies of the 60s.


Biochemical class: sesquiterpene


Main chemical constituents: patchouli alcohol (patchoulol), α-bulnesene, α-guaiene, α-patchoulene, α-seyshelleneβ-caryophyllene, aciphyllene, β-patchoulene, others


Colour:dark orange to brown

Consistency: medium – thick

Aroma strength: medium - strong

Perfumery note: base

Aroma: earthy, rich, sweet, herbaceous, spicy, woody, balsamic, sultry and grounding

Traditional Aromatherapy Uses:

Traditionally in aromatherapy treatments patchouli essential oil is associated with the following therapeutic properties: antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, sedative, uplifting


Qualified aromatherapists may use patchouliessential oil for common complaints such as:

  • Skin complaints - skin regeneration, cooling, moistening; dry, cracked and chapped skin,oily, congested skin, acne, seborrheic and inflammatory eczema and dermatitis, psoriasis; scars; dandruff; tinea (fungal infection) – ringworm; parasitic skin infections
  • Nervous issues - anxiety, depression, irritability, insomnia, sexual anxiety and stress related conditions


Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information

How we use it:

Please note, patchouli can easily overpower any blend – it is best to use it sparingly.


Inhalation / Vapourisation:


- Vapourise a couple of drops or use in an aroma inhaler for stress-related issues. Try blended withbergamot, geranium, lavender, sweet orange, vetiver or ylang-ylang.

  • Vapourise a drop for insomnia – perhaps consider blending it with lavender or sweet marjoram.


Skin application:


  • For skin care products – try blending with helichrysum, chamomile, frankincense or vetiver. Dilute appropriately in some unscented cream base.
  • For fungal skin infection – consider blending with tea tree and always dilute appropriately.


Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information

Safety considerations:

Patchouli is considered to be one of the safest essential oils – non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising.

Tisserand and Young indicate that Patchouli Oil may inhibit blood clotting and pose a drug interaction hazard, however there is no limit to the maximum dermal use level.  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.]