Patchouli oil is one of the ancient oils and used for various purposes including aromatherapy. The oil has unique healing properties and is prescribed by world-wide medical experts. The oil relaxes the body blood flow, tones down the nerves and overall cools down the mind and body. Today it's one of the highly extensively used oils for aromatherapy.
Patchouli basically is a bush with furry leaves. And it can be easily recognised by its purplish white flowers. The flowers are known for draining the nutrients from the soil at relatively quicker pace. The plant can grow up to three and half feet in height, while leaves are large fragrant. The herb is one of the most sought after natural content for its antiseptic and other valuable nutrients. The herb is commonly found in India, Philippines, China, Malaysia and Paraguay. The oil is extracted through steam distillation process. The oil as aforesaid is used for its antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral and sedative properties. Unlike other flowers, Patchouli oil gains its best of its attributes when ages. The oil can be used alone or blended with other essential oils like bergamot, Clary sage, ginger, lavender and vetiver.
Patchouli as aforementioned is one of the ancient herbs and oils. According to historians, Patchouli has been used throughout the centuries. In India and other South East Asian countries, Patchouli was used to prevent the spread of diseases and infections. Later, people realised other attributes of Patchouli as well. By early 18th century, patchouli was widely used as a cosmetic and beauty enhancement product. In 1960s, patchouli was widely used as a body perfume.
With the rising popularity of aromatherapy, patchouli has again made it place in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people. In today's aromatherapy, the oil is used to maintain the appetite, diarrhea and even balancing the endocrine system. The oil is very useful for the skin, as it used to reduce inflammations such as acne, eczema, athlete's foot, fungal infections and dandruff. Patchouli oil also affects one's moods. Its pleasing fragrance can calm the nerves from a stressed situation. The oil also enables you to control emotions, avert depression, anxiety and other related stresses.