Patchouli Essential Oil Uses And Benefits

Posted on December 01, 2018

The Patchouli plant was highly popular back in the 60’s and 70’s, not just in southeast Asia where it originated, but all over the world. The name “patchouli” came from the early Tamil people of South India, meaning “green leaf.” Because of the silk trading routes, it eventually got to the Middle East. Napoleon was supposedly the one who introduced the patchouli’s scent to Europe.

The Patchouli was actually packed inside the trunks together with precious silks and carpets to protect them against moths and pests. When these trunks were opened, the strong earthy aroma of the patchouli caught the attention of the European merchants. It eventually became linked and associated with exotic objects of the Far East, even going as far as a merchant’s way of telling a product’s authenticity.

Blends Well With 

What can you do with Patchouli Essential Oil? 

Repels bugs and insects

The reason behind its wide popularity years ago still rings true to this day. It can be used as a natural insecticide in the place of store-bought repellents as its strong distinct aroma drives away pests such as mosquitoes, moths, ants, lice, fleas and even bed bugs. To protect whatever treasures you have in your closet, check this spray recipe out:

Closet Spray

Add all ingredients to bottle. Shake well before each use. Mist as needed to relieve musty smells and discourage pests.

Improves the appearance of skin

Patchouli essential oil is known to be good for dry skin, especially for those with eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, sores, cuts, and wounds. It helps to lighten and fade acne scars, and other old scars on the body because of its properties that promote the growth of new skin cells. It can also soothe inflammation which makes it even more effective on inflamed skin! Check out these recipes that might be useful for you and your skin:

Dry Skin Butter

  1. Add to .75 ounce Shea Butter mixed with .25 ounce Jojoba Oil.
  2. Apply at night before bed

Meditation Diffuser Blend

Sugar Scrub

Add all ingredients together. Stir to mix well. Use as a last step in the shower on wet skin to exfoliate the skin and smooth the feel and appearance; gently massage 1 tablespoon at a time over the entire body. Rinse and dry skin to seal in moisture; revel in the aroma left on your skin.

Calms nervous tension and worry

Although its aroma is repelling to bugs and insects, it is highly calming and nervous to humans. It can help boost one’s alertness while simultaneously soothing anxious thoughts and uplifting one’s mood. Take your pick at any of these recipes to help you with any tension that you might be dealing with.

Relaxing Diffuser Blend

Equal Parts of:

Can be diffused or diluted in carrier oil or lotion

Meditative/ Mind-Clearing Diffuser Blend

Tension Release Personal Inhaler

Add drops to wick and inhale as needed
Or Make “Stock Bottle” of above blend and add to your Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.

Tension Relief Bath Bomb 

Most bath bombs are crazy expensive and that alone stresses me out. What most people don't know is how easy it is to make. Sure it takes a couple of times to make it right but once you get it, you'll go crazy with the scent blending! The Tension Relief Bath Bomb is definitely a favorite of mine. 


It also has antiseptic properties which makes it a great deodorizer. It has a pretty strong scent which not all will like, but its scent is found to be a great natural air freshener and perfume, while at the same time bringing about a calming effect. We’ve come up with two perfume options and another diffuser recipe that makes use of this essential oil’s benefits!

Masculine Scent Lotion:

Mix and stir well. Use as desired, after bath or shower.

Solid Perfume

Trim the Tree Diffuser Blend

Safety Precautions:

Kid Safe: Yes, 2+
Pregnancy Safe: Yes
Breastfeeding Safe: Consult your doctor
More Safety Info: Generally safe. Follow dilution instructions