patchouli_indonesian

Because the oil makes a great base note, it is used in more than one out of three perfume blends...

Pogostemon cablin

Note: Base - 100

Parts Used: dried leaves from bush about 1 metre high

Source: steam distillation of the dried leaves of the bushy plant native to tropical Asia. Most of the oil is produced in India, China, Malaysia and South America

Description and Odor Effect: an amber, slightly viscous liquid with a rich, earthy, woodsy scent, becoming sweeter as it ages. Its odor effect is warming, stimulating and a reputed aphrodisiac.

Nature: uplifting, soothing, balancing

Blends well with: bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, clove, geranium, jasmine, lavender, lemon, neroli, rose, ylang ylang. If used in small amounts, patchouli blends well with most oils and is one of the best perfume fixatives.

Physical Uses: Patchouli is an effective oil in the treatment of athletes foot and yeast infections. The cell regenerating action of patchouli is excellent for dry/mature skin, abscesses, acne and in hair care. It is anti-inflammatory, aids in relieving fluid retention, and useful both as an insect repellent, and in the treatment of stings.

Mental and Emotional Uses: The odor of patchouli is very uplifting, alluring and seductive; the anti-depressive qualities alleviate anxiety, nervous exhaustion and stress-related disorders.

Caution: Do not overuse

The oil ideally needs to be at least two or three years old for perfumery purposes. Only small amounts are needed as it has an intense earthly aroma.

Therapeutic Properties: alterative, analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antiemetic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antistress, antitoxic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent (strong), calmative, carminative, cicatrizant (strong), cytophylactic, decongestant, deodorant, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, fixative, insect repellent, insecticide, laxative, memory stimulant, nervine, parasiticide, regenerator (skin tissue), sedative (large amounts), stimulant (small amounts) (nerves), stomachic, tonic

Applications: massage, mouthwash, bath oil, body oil, face oil, compress, deodorizer, vaporize, room fragrance

Keyword: Pervasive

Patchouli Magic: inhale to encourage clairvoyance or to attract money. Used to enhance sexuality and release inhibitions.

Patchouli Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To increase sexual energy and encourage emotional confidence:

  • 2 drops Patchouli
  • 2 drops Rose Absolute
  • 6 drops Sweet Orange
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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