Patchouli Oil

Patchouli sprig with essential oil. Isolated on white background.
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Patchouli is an essential oil extracted from the plant Pogostem cablin. It is mostly grown in India where it is mentally stimulating in relatively low doses but soporific and sedating when levels become higher.

It is a dark orange to amber viscous liquid with a sweet, earthy and herbaceous aroma. The oil is extracted from the dried leaves by steam distillation.

Compounds And Componentry

The oil contains patchoulol, pogostol, bulnesol, bulnese, patchoulene.


  • Add to the bath by placing 5 to 8 drops of the oil in a carrier oil like almond oil.
  • Massage:  a fine oil where 2 or 3 drops of patchouli oil is added to 3 tablespoons of a carrier oil like almond oil.
  • For vaporization: add 2 to 4 drops of patchouli oil in 2 tablespoons of water to an oil burner. Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions if the water levels are different.


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  • Keep away from the eyes.
  • Keep away from children.
  • Not to be ingested.
  • Not to be used if pregnant although highly dilute solutions may be employed in massage oils.
  • Do not use the undiluted oil directly on the skin. Must be diluted in a suitable base or carrier oil.

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