Patchouli -  AroMed's Pogostemom cablin is certified organic and the leaves are steam distilled in India. Interestingly, the cell walls of the leaves are ruptured and slightly fermented prior to distillation. This action produces the highest quality patchouli oil. It is the labiatae or lamiaceae botanical family, and is a base note with deep, rich, woody, spicy, sensuous aroma.


  • Commonly used to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Balancing to an over worked mind, and grounding when feeling spacey.
  • Skin nurturing qualities and is regenerative, disinfecting, soothing and cooling. It can be a great addition to blends that address skin inflammations, eczema, as well as fungal and parasitic skin infections.
  • Patchouli can suppress appetite, so if you struggle with overeating, it can be helpful inhaled between meals.
  • A natural insect repellent
  • Patchouli can be a powerful aphrodisiac.

Emotional Support -  Patchouli helps us understand the sacredness of life. It encourages contemplation, farsightedness, invigoration, lucidity, astuteness and relaxed stimulation.

Blends well with- bergamot, black pepper, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, frankincense, geranium, ginger, gingergrass, grapefruit, jasmine, lemongrass, mandarin, orange, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Notes of interest- Associations are often made between the 1960's and patchouli. "Hippies" would often wear it as a perfume and/or deodorant, to increase libido or to cover up the aroma of marijuana. In all my experience, I have never seen such visceral reactions to an aroma as love it...or not!

Modes of Application- massage, compress, bath, salve, direct inhalation, diffuser, skin care

Safety data- Skin sensitization is possible if using old and/or oxidized oils. Essential Oils are typically used via inhalation and/or topical application while properly diluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner to address a specific health need, for a specified period of time. Keep away from children and pets.


Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003.

Tisserand, R and Young, R. Essential Oil Safety, A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition, Churchill Livingston Elsevier, 2014.

Worwood, V.A. Aromatherapy for the Soul, New World Library, 1999.

Please note: Information and statements provided by AroMed Aromatherapy and Lauren Andrews RN, CA, have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health condition or disease. Information and interest only. The information is not designed for self-diagnosis. If you are concerned about a healthcare issue, see your doctor, specialist or ND. Please note that AroMed Aromatherapy accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products.

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