Patchouli – Pogostemon cablin

Patchouli
Patchouli

Patchouli the scent of the 60’s, free love and sit ins. Smelling this essential oil brings back memories of high school and demonstrations, and more recently of pow wows and feathers!

This plant and its essential oil has been used in perfumery for many years…it is a heavy and strong scent. The plant is a native to tropical regions of Asia and is now cultivated in many areas of the orient…China, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, the Philippines, Vietnam and even West Africa.

In Asian countries it is used as an antidote for snakebites. In herbal folklore there are many claim benefits, such as treatment of headaches, colds, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pains. The scent also encourages relaxation.

The essential oil has been used in hair conditioning treatment for dreadlocks. It has also been used by Native Americans to treat their feathers to keep mites from eating them. A single drop can be drawn down the quill of the feather; the resulting scent keeps the mites at bay! When you open your feather box, this wonderful scent just wafts out at you stimulating in all kinds of memories for us old, worn out hippies!

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