Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Picture this: a dimly lit space with the smell of earth and wood. The dark table covered in candles and fresh herbs scattered across. A leatherbound journal full of little notes and whispers of inspiration. Little glass bottles full of oils and tinctures litter the space which only adds to the wonder of the apothecary. Pasithea is creating. The garden is alive and well. Her creations are magic. And today her attention is on creating an aromatic masterpiece with her star: Patchouli.
The scent of Patchouli is sultry and dark. It has an herbal, woody, narcotic notes, and an almost antiseptic or insecticide finish. This is a bit ironic because Patchouli is actually a great oil to use as a bug repellant. Patchouli is very helpful for the skin. Historically it’s been used for toning the skin and may be helpful in anti-aging skincare blends. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial.
For centuries Patchouli has been used in perfumes. It seems to lend a sort of deep, soft, grounding glue to these blends. It’s the subtle but powerful boss babe running the show from backstage. In control, but not needing the spotlight because she knows she’s got this. Patchouli is a base note and blends well with florals like Lavender, Rose, and Jasmine, and with other woody base notes like Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Vetiver.
Energetically, Patchouli helps us feel connected to our bodies. The emotional component of Patchouli is literally The Oil of Physical Connection. So back to the hippies for a moment and free love and, um, connecting. It gives you a definite explanation as to why the oil is the scent of a hippie! For obsessive personality types, this oil can be especially grounding. It calms fear and nervous energy and fosters better synergy between the body and mind. It can be helpful for easing mild depression. Use Patchouli for any activity that creates a connection of the body and mind. So whether you choose activities like dancing, tai chi, yoga, or quiet meditation - patchouli is always one of Pasithea's favorites.