It’s all about calm, ease, and natural beauty.
In my mind, Patchouli’s mental and emotional effects are reflected in what it can do for our bodies. It calms inflammation, soothes anxiety, reduces bacteria, is astringent, and helps skin to heal.
The recipes in this Spotlight showcase Patchouli’s talents nicely!
This recipe is popular with boys, who I’ve found don’t often gravitate toward floral fragrances (but girls love this blend, too!).
You can make this in a 1 oz (30 ml) flip-top bottle:
To use this blend, get a drop on a cotton swab and dab it gently on the acne. (It’s not meant as a whole face wash.)
Give it a test run by dabbing it on a few spots for several days and seeing how the skin reacts. If the change is positive, go ahead and dab it on the rest of the acne.
I recommend making a fresh bottle of this every few weeks since it’s not made with preservatives.
If I could design an essential oil for a foot massage, I think my creation would turn out a lot like Patchouli.
Patchouli has antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it’s great for feet that spend a lot of time in hot sweaty shoes—where bacteria and fungi like to grow.
It also nourishes dry, cracked skin, and is one of the most popular essential oils in natural deodorants. This makes complete sense when we consider its ability to reduce bacteria (which often causes odors).
Try this recipe for your next foot massage!
You can make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) flip-top bottle.
I had the opportunity to visit a Patchouli distiller on a recent trip to the Seychelles. Patchouli from the Seychelles used to be considered some of the finest quality in the world, but now the plant barely grows there. My friend Mustafa (the distiller) is bringing it back, with an amazing plan to grow the local economy along with the patchouli plants.
Just like the acne blend above, this blend doesn’t include a preservative. You’ll want to make a fresh bottle every few weeks.
Patchouli essential oil has an amazing ability to soothe irritation, whether it’s mental, emotional, or physical
It’s often used in incense, skin care, itch sticks, and even bug repellents. (How’s that for soothing irritation? It stops bugs from ever biting!) Here’s a little more about each of these uses:
Here’s a suggestion for blending this base note blend into a bath salt:
Use a wide-mouth jar that holds 4 oz (120 ml) of salt. You can just drop the essential oils and jojoba right into the salt, stirring all the while. This recipe is enough for four baths. (You can make more when you know you love it!)
I love making Aromatherapy blends that serve multiple purposes! In this one, I’m grounding myself, discouraging bugs, and caring for my skin all in one step. (Oh, and it also relaxes your mind and nervous system . . . so try a bath right before bed!)
I used to have such a difficult time finding natural deodorants that actually worked.
Then I decided to stop hunting and made my own recipes. (I’ll bet you’re not surprised!)
One of the first essential oils I reached for was Patchouli. It has a history of use in natural perfumes and deodorants. One reason it works so well is that it reduces bacteria growth—and bacteria on our bodies is part of what causes odor. (Another reason I reached for Patchouli is that it smells amazing!)
I call this recipe “1960.” You can make it in a 2 oz (60 ml) glass jar.
Before you use this recipe regularly, dab a small amount under your arm with a cotton face cleansing round to be sure the baking soda or arrowroot doesn’t irritate your skin. Most people (even those with sensitive skin) have a great experience with this blend.
Many people think they know Patchouli essential oil, only to be surprised once they start blending with it. The aroma of the essential oil is very different than the popular incense most people are familiar with. Once you get to know Patchouli and its peaceful, easy-going nature, I bet you’ll be inspired for creating new recipes of your own.