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