Herb Friends: Patchouli

Not long ago, I was in the local Dollar General, and the clerk practically accosted me, wanting to know if I was wearing Patchouli scent. She loved it. I did happen to have our patchouli sunscreen on at the time, and so we had a nice little conversation about it. Lol.

Since then, I’ve been wanting to study patchouli a bit closer. In looking at the plant itself, it’s the young leaves that bear the boldly musky scent. It was and is used a lot of times as an aphrodisiac. (No doubt that’s why it was so popular with the hippie movement back in the 60’s and 70’s). But mostly the essential oils are extracted from the leaves and therein lies it’s most potent medicinal uses.

It’s excellent for treating skin disorders such as acne, eczema, dandruff, and for healing scar tissue and cracked skin (such as dry heels). It can protect from sunburn as well, and has cell-renewing anti-aging properties.

It’s been found helpful in treating nervousness, depression, anxiety, anger and stress in general. A potent herb for children with autism issues and ADD as it impacts the hormones and encourages the release of serotonin (happy feelings).

It’s anti-fungal making it useful for athletes foot, and has the ability to help reduce a fever. It boosts the immune system and can help fight infections, pain, and inflammation. It’s also a great hormone herb for such feminine things as water retention, PMS, and combating cellulite.

We have several products that use patchouli oil. Angry Bird Blend is a combo of sweet orange oil and patchouli. Helpful for calming autistic children in particular, and those who have a hard time with anger issues. It won’t cure the anger problem, but can help calm in the moment.

Then there’s our Pain & Tension Blend. A combo of patchouli, wintergreen, clove, pine, and castor oils. Deeply warming for muscle tension, and he patchouli reduces immediate pain and can help heal if used faithfully every day.

Then we also have patchouli sunscreen. Patchouli has a natural SPF of 20, so it’s perfect for adding to our coconut oil sunscreen formula. And then there’s our natural patchouli deodorant. An excellent way to get patchouli into your system daily! You’ll find yourself calmer and more balanced over time. Not to mention, you’ll smell good!

And then maybe you’ll get accosted by a nice clerk in a store somewhere! Lol.



The purpose of Jordan’s Crossing Herbal Connections is to promote the sharing of information about healthy, natural products and dietary supplements. JCHC’s views and opinions are INFORMATIONAL ONLY and are not intended to constitute medical advice. If you are sick, injured or pregnant, please consult a licensed health care professional.
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