You either love it or you hate it. Patchouli is musky, woodsy and earthy, and can trigger a strong aphrodisiac response in some people. However, if it’s not your “cup of tea,” don’t give up on patchouli just yet. When blended with other scents like ylang-ylang, bergamot and frankincense, it can be downright addictive. But beyond its appealing scent, patchouli also has some amazing health benefits that might just turn you into a patchouli fan for life.
Patchouli gets better with age
Patchouli gets better with age, making it a valuable commodity in perfumery. This earth scent has calming, grounding and centering properties that work on both the body and the mind. Generally used as a base scent, it provides warmth for lighter scents. Avoid synthetic versions though. The overpowering aroma could turn you off patchouli for good. Quality patchouli essential oil is distilled from mature leaves that have been properly dried and stored for distillation.
But there’s more to patchouli than just scent. Its medicinal properties soothe, sedate, protect, deodorize and stimulate. This “love it” or “hate it” fragrant oil can be inhaled, diffused in a vaporizer or applied directly to skin. Inhaling the scent of patchouli oil or absorbing it through the skin helps transmit messages to the limbic system, a region in the brain that’s involved in controlling emotions and even influences the nervous system. Here’s what a little bottle of patchouli can do for you…