Patchouli or Patchouly, known as The Oil of Physicality supports individuals in becoming fully present in their physical body. It balances those who feel deprived of strength and vigour, and who seek to escape the body through spiritual pursuits or other forms of distraction. Patchouli calms the obsessive personality by bringing them "down" to reality and teaching individuals moderation.
Patchouli compliments yoga practice, tai chi, or other exercises that aim to connect the spirit with the body. While using Patchouli, individuals feel more grounded, stabilised and fluid. This oil calms fears and nervous tension, stilling the heart and mind in preparing the spirit and body for deeper union. It also helps individuals to stay in touch with the earth.
Patchouli helps individuals to appreciate the magnificence of the physical body and all of it's natural processes and functions. It assists in releasing emotional judgements and issues related to the body, such as believing the body is unholy or dirty. This oil helps with body image distortions and general body dislike.
Patchouli brings confidence in the body, as well as grace, poise and physical strength. It reminds individuals of their childhood experiences when they used their bodies for play and fun. On the deepest level, Patchouli assists an individual to feel at peace while being present in their physical body.
The name patchouli comes from a Tamil word, paccilai, meaning “green leaf”. A bushy herb of the mint family. For centuries the Asian people used patchouli not only for scenting the body and garments, but have been used as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, antiseptic, antimicrobial, an astringent, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, fungicide, sedative and prophylactic.
This pungent oil is said to cure or aid in acne, athlete’s foot, cracked or chapped skin, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, fungal infections, hair care, impetigo, insect repellent, oily scalp treatment, and to cure open sores and wounds and even to eliminate wrinkles!
An aroma synonymous with the Hippie era. Patchouli's aromatic influence is sedating, calming, and relaxing-allowing it to reduce anxiety.
Patchouli proved to be the most effective insecticide against the common housefly and with a combination of clove, citronella and patchouli oils, were found to effectively repel mosquitoes.
Can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically on area of concern or on reflex points.
Inhale directly or diffuse on its own.
Blends well with clary sage, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, lemongrass, myrrh, pine, rosewood, sandalwood.
Odor - earthy, herbaceous, sweet-balsamic rich, with woody undertones.
Extracts from Emotions & Essential Oils - A Modern Resource for Healing - Emotional Reference Guide www.enlightenhealing.com