Plant/part: Shrub/leaves (source: seychelles/malay )
Latin name: Pogostemon cablin
Family: Lamiaceae (labiatae)
Aroma: A strong, earthy and exotic fragrance yet sweet and spicy too.
Properties: Soothes and uplifts the spirit. Is soothing to the skin and is reported to be especially good for mature skin. Useful in protecting dry, mature or blemished skin, sensual properties, musky aroma lingers. Use on scalp for dandruff. Used in the east to scent linen and clothes and to repel fleas and lice.
Perhaps patchouli’s most outstanding feature is its binding action due to strong astringent and cicatrisant properties. This could be helpful for loose skin especially after excessive dieting. Since it also seems to curb appetite its probably useful for overall weight reduction. Could well be helpful in cases of diarrhoea too- there is some association between patchouli and increasing libido. Its bracing action on the central nervous system may account for this! However, it is neither too sedative nor too stimulating which effectively assists feelings of balance. In any event, it seems to relieve the nasty effects from insect (and snake) bites.
Chemical constituents: Patchoulil, pogostol, bulnesol, nor patchoulenol, bulnese, patchoulene.
Precautions: Can prevent sleep with its nerve stimulating properties in strong quantities, but has a sedative effect in small doses.
Blends: Bergamot, black pepper, clary sage, elemi, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, lemongrass, myrrh, neroli, pine, rose, rosewood and sandalwood.