Possessing a strong and earthy fragrance, patchouli oil is a commonly added ingredient in fragrances, hair care and bath products. Often recognized for its aphrodisiac effects, patchouli essential oil also has antidepressant, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Using patchouli in aromatherapy or as part of a natural skin care routine may have positive effects on the physical body as well as on the emotions.
Inhaling patchouli oil is known to uplift mood and help release tension. It helps bring hope after disappointment and eases sensitive nerves. Epileptic attacks or convulsions may be calmed by inhaling patchouli oil. As an aphrodisiac, patchouli oil is beneficial in treating sexual problems such as impotency or erectile problems, and it also is said to help frigidity in women as well as a general lack of interest in sex, according to OrganicFacts.net 1.
- Inhaling patchouli oil is known to uplift mood and help release tension.
- As an aphrodisiac, patchouli oil is beneficial in treating sexual problems such as impotency or erectile problems, and it also is said to help frigidity in women as well as a general lack of interest in sex, according to OrganicFacts.net 1.
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Good for dry skin, patchouli oil can calm a cough and allergies. Applied topically, patchouli can be used to treat eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, sores, cuts and wounds. It is a naturally effective way to help speed the healing of skin marks left by acne as well as helping to fade old scars as it promotes the growth of new skin cells. Patchouli soothes inflammation and may help naturally bring down a fever. Also beneficial as a diuretic, patchouli oil may increase the frequency and quantity of urination.
According to OrganicFacts.net, patchouli oil has a toning effect on the entire body 1. By strengthening the liver, stomach and intestines, patchouli oil also boosts the immune system. Patchouli oil’s antiseptic property makes it useful as a natural deodorant; however, its sweet but powerful smell is not liked by everyone. Used in aromatherapy, it also may help boost alertness and activity while quieting anxious thoughts.
- Good for dry skin, patchouli oil can calm a cough and allergies.
- Also beneficial as a diuretic, patchouli oil may increase the frequency and quantity of urination.
Patchouli has been recognized for quite some time as being an effective natural insecticide. Its distinct aroma works to drive away pests such as mosquitoes, moths and ants as well as other undesirables such as lice, bed bugs and fleas. To use as an insect repellent, a few drops of patchouli oil can be added to a skin lotion or spray. To drive pests out of a living space, try burning patchouli incense or using patchouli oil in a room vaporizer.
- Patchouli has been recognized for quite some time as being an effective natural insecticide.
- To use as an insect repellent, a few drops of patchouli oil can be added to a skin lotion or spray.
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- OrganicFacts: Health Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil
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