Pogostemon cablin / Pogostemon patchouli
This exotic, earthy, balsamic, woody and slightly sweet essential oil has a wonderfully grounding and balancing aroma and is often used to help overcome feelings of depression, sadness and loss. Because it stimulates the release of hormones like serotonin and dopine, it is used in aromatherapy to help relax tension and uplift mood and quell feelings of anxiety and anger. 
Patchouli is a bushy little shrub with white to mauve flowers and needs really good fertile ground to thrive. The oil is extracted by steam distillation of the new leaves of the plant. It is a dark-orange or dark-brownish coloured, viscous oil which has been widely used in Asia for incense, body and garment perfumes and sprinkled in temples. It is used extensively in perfumery, cosmetics and soaps. The herb is used in Chinese medicine to treat colds, headaches, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Patchouli is really helpful in treating quite a few different inflammatory skin conditions.  It also helps with internal inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and gout. This lovely oil has amazing sedative properties which can help soothe convulsions, coughs and epileptic attacks caused by hypersensitivity or hyper-reactivity of the nerves. As an antidepressant and sedative, Patchouli essential oil is good for relaxing the body into a restful night’s sleep.
It has wonderful antiseptic properties and protects wounds and ulcers from developing infections and becoming septic.
Patchouli also has powerful astringent properties which means it stimulates contractions in the muscles, nerves and skin and helps prevent sagging skin, hair loss and loosening of the muscle tissue. Because of this it has been used in anti-ageing products, helping to tone the skin and muscles. Now that is something you want in all your lotions and potions, isn’t it!  The oil also has cytophylactic properties which means it stimulates the generation of new cells in the body, including new skin cells, helping to keep the skin looking healthy.
Patchouli is also known as a diuretic which means it will increase the frequency and quality of urination. This helps in removing the excess water, unnecessary salts and uric acid from the body. Its fungicidal properties is also quite effective in inhibiting and preventing fungal growth infections such as Athlete’s foot. Fungal infections can be quite serious especially with they attack the respiratory system through inhalation.
It is a non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising oil, but used in large doses may be too much for some people, as the aroma lingers.
Add a few drops to your vaporiser or burner to change the mood in a room and to help fight anxiety and depression.
Added to a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond and blended with other oils such as Jasmine, Bergamot, Lavender and/or Myrrh, it makes an exquisite massage oil. This can also be added to your bath for some special pamper time.
You will find this wonderful essential oil in the Jasmine & Patchouli Body Lotion as well as the Jasmine & Patchouli Body Wash.