Friday, October 30, 2009

Indonesian Dark Patchouli

(Pogostemon cablin)

Despite its common association with an alternative lifestyle, patchouli has found widespread use in the modern fragrance industry. Some say it is a component in about a third of modern high-end perfumes. It is also used to scent products like paper towels, laundry detergents and air freshener.

Its attractive and exotic fragrance overshadows is frequently underestimated usefulness for a variety of skin conditions (such as skin and nail fungus) and in the hands of a trained health care practitioner can be used to reduce fever.

I use it because its fragrance is heavenly. And this particular Patchouli from Indonesia is peppery and calming. I sometimes put a drop or two on a wash rag and put it at the bottom of my sock drawer. Yumm!

Patchouli is a very fragrant plant with soft oval leaves and square stems. It grows to about 3 feet in height and provides an unusual odor when rubbed. Color: Deep golden brown Common

Uses: Patchouli is effective for calming nerves, helping with dandruff, and athletes foot. It is considered to have anti bacterial and anti fungal. Patchouli improves with age and the darker, aged product is sometimes preferred over freshly harvested oil.


History: During the 18th and 19th century silk traders from China travelling to the Middle East packed their silk cloth with dried patchouli leaves to prevent moths from laying their eggs on the cloth. Many historians speculate that this association with opulent eastern goods is why patchouli was considered by Europeans of that era to be a luxurious scent. This trend has continued to the present day in modern perfumery.

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