Thursday, February 25, 2010

Essential Oils 101 Part Four

It's time for another installment of Essential Oils 101.  Today's featured essential oil is patchouli.  Patchouli has the reputation of either being well loved or absolutely hated.  Patchouli has a very strong, earthy, musky scent alone but makes an excellent base note in many mixtures.   Patchouli is also well know from its abundant usage during hippie days.

Patchouli is a native plant to many areas of Asia.  It was first introduced to western cultures in the early 1800's when the British started importing Indian fabrics scented with patchouli oil.  Patchouli  is a bush like plant with furry leaves and purplish white flowers. 

Like other essential oils patchouli has a fairly impressive list of properties.  Know properties include being an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and  an astringent.   It has been widely used in the East to prevent the spread of disease and as an antidote for snake bites.  Psychological uses include inducing peace of mind, rejuvenating, and help with depression and anxiety.

I will be offering a 15% discount on all patchouli soaps in my Etsy shop.  Sweet Sally's Soaps



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