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Posted by: TerraNova Body on 10/09/2015

The Health Benefits of Patchouli

The Health Benefits of Patchouli

Patchouli was one of the original scents introduced by Terranova‘s founder Jane Saunders back in 1970.  Back then, Patchouli was a favorite by many of the “free spirits” living in Berkley, CA and quickly gained in popularity.  Fast forward, 45 years later, our Patchouli Essential Oil continues to be a Terranova favorite, not only because of ts intoxicating fragrance, but for the numerous health benefits it provides!

  • Antidepressant – Patchouli is a great oil for those suffering from depression which is why it is commonly used in aromatherapy.
  • Antiphlogistic – Patchouli is beneficial in treating inflammation, especially those resulting from a wide array of skin conditions.  
  • Antiseptic – Patchouli essential oil protects wounds in the skin that can lead to much more serious infections.   This is especially important if the wound was inflicted with a rusty, iron object, which can result in tetanus if not protected.
  • Aphrodisiac – Patchouli has been used for hundreds of years for both men and women to put a spark back in the bedroom by stimulating the sexual hormones, estrogen and testosterone, which boosts the sex drive.
  • Astringent – This powerful essential oil stimulates contractions in muscles, nerves and skin.  As a result, Patchouli has been considered an anti-aging oil since loosening of muscle and skin is commonly associated with getting old.
  • Cicatrisant – Patchouli essential oil helps speed the healing process of cuts and wounds, and also hastens the fading of scars. It is similarly effective in eliminating marks left by boils, acne, pox, and measles.
  • Cytophylactic – Patchouli essential oil is particularly good at regenerating new skin cells, thus keeping the skin looking healthy, young and vibrant.
  • Deodorant – The strong sweet, spicy and musky aroma of this essential oil eliminates or masks body odor.  However, we recommend diluting it in an unscented lotion when using it this way.
  • Fungicide – Patchouli Essential Oil has been found to be quite effective at inhibiting fungal growth and infections, thereby providing protection from some notorious infections like Athlete’s Foot.
  • Insecticide –  Patchouli Oil was recognized all the way back in ancient times as a bug repellent. Despite smelling sweet, it is very effective at keeping insects at a healthy distance. The oil can be mixed with water to wash clothes and bed linen to drive away mosquitoes, ants, beg bugs, lice, fleas, flies and moths.