Oil Summary: Dark Patchouli Essential Oil is produced by direct steam distillation of the properly dried leaves of Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) (Benth) (Lamiaceae). When the patchouli is distilled using iron vats, the end product is called “dark”; when it is distilled using stainless steel vats, the end product is called “light”. This is because, when using iron vats, metallic ions are released in to the oil which darken the color. Patchouli light has a lighter aroma, color and is known to fade more quickly. Patchouli essential oil became very popular during the “hippie generation” of the sixties and was used as an incense or natural perfume. There are those who believe patchouli essential oil to be overpowering and unpleasant. However, if used correctly and sourced from a reputable manufacturer, it can be quite subtle and more grounding. Dark Patchouli Essential Oil may be the only essential oil that improves with age, with the aroma becoming deeper, smoother and less pungent over time. Patchouli essential oil can be a sedative at low doses and stimulating at higher doses, so the amount you include will determine the outcome of your blends. Therapeutically, it is known to possess antiseptic, astringent, antidepressant, carminative and anti-inflammatory properties. Use sparingly!
Odor and Appearance: A greenish yellow to dark yellow liquid with a typical, persistent and slightly camphoraceous odor.
Country of origin: Indonesia
Botanical Name: Pogostemon cablin
Contraindications : As with all essential oils, never expose undiluted Patchouli oil to the eyes or nose. If applying to the skin, always start by doing a patch test to a small, insensitive part of the body.
Information about the effects of Patchouli oil to children and expectant/lactating women is not consistent, but to be safe, avoid administering to children under the age of six. And if you’re pregnant, consult a health care professional before introducing the oil to your diet.