Patchouli is believed to belong to Lamiaceae family that is also known as Mint family. It grows like a bushy herb and have erect stem that reaches up to a height of 75cm. The plant bears pale pink-white flowers that are small in size.
Brief History of Patchouli Oil (light):
In U.S and Europe, this was believed to be counter-culture revolution during 60s that brought the use of this oil to the rest of the world. It is really surprising that how olfactory associations and aromatic memory have remained in social awareness for many years. This affected the general perception about the plant and oils extracted from it.
• Traditionally, this was used in the preparation of folk medicine in many Asian countries for treating oily scalp, dandruff, skin dryness, eczema and acne.
• In 1800s, the oil was assumed to get its name from the Hindi word,”pacholi” that means scent. The oil was believed to be used for this scent in the manufacturing of Indian fabrics such as shawls and silks to keep moths and insects away.
• It exhibits many useful therapeutic properties such as diuretic, astringent, deodorant, aphrodisiac, fungicide, antidepressant, etc.
• Furthermore, this is also used in aromatherapy and massage as it is considered to be peace-inducing oil.
Blends well with:
Patchouli oil goes well with Lemongrass, Myrrh, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender and Sandalwood.
General Precautionary Measures!
• Before applying this oil, perform a skin –patch test.
• Excess use of the oil may cause skin sensitization.
• Always keep the oil away from nose, eyes and ears.
• Do not forget to read the manufacturer’s instruction before using it.
Botanical Name : Pogostemon cablin
CAS# : 2233340
Color & Odor : Yellow with Persisitent, Musky, Earthy odor
F.E.M.A. # : N/A
Methods of Extraction : Steam Distillation
Constituents : Patchoulol
Solubility : Insoluble in water, soluble in alcohol and oils
Specific Gravity : 0.9673 @ 72°F
Flash Point : 188°F
Optical Rotation : -51.99
Major Constituents : Patchoulol