Patchouli Oil

Following on from my last blog, and the balancing of someone’s throat chakra and heart chakra using patchouli oil, let us look at that wonderful oil.

Patchouli seems to me, to be one of those love or hate oils. Some people love it, some people hate it. How powerful is our sense of smell, that it can evoke such feelings?   60's Peace-Lovers

It transports some people back to the heady days of the 60’s, when it was a very popular oil with the hippy crowd. This was a generation who were conceived and born around the time of the 2nd World War, they were conceived and born into the vibrations of battle and conflict. Is it any wonder that when their time came to be able to make a difference to the world and gained a voice in the vote, that they protested about the very thing that was the centre of their lives when they were young. They had been born into a time when family-life was very different to how we know it today. Many of them possibly never met their fathers, because they went off to fight in the war before they were born, and never came back alive.

Perhaps the most famous hippy and peace activist to come to mind, is John Lennon, born in October 1940.

Maybe all that patchouli back in the 60’s opened up their throat chakras, and they became vocal about the fact that war had robbed them of the peace that we take for granted today. So what is patchouli?

Well it has a strong earth and exotic fragrance, yet sweet and spicy too, according to Wanda Sellar in her book “The Directory of Essential Oils”.

It is distilled from the young leaves of a shrub of the Labiatae family, which is the mint family. Like a fine wine, this oil improves with age, giving it a fuller odour with time.

It has a long history of medicinal use in the East, in India, Malaysia, China and Japan, where is was a renowned anti-dote to insect and snake bite. In colonial times, dreid leaves from the plant were placed in linen and clothing to prevent the cloth being eaten by insects. Is this the reason why so many people dislike it, because it reminds them of Victorian aunts!

It is a base oil and is often used as a fixative in perfumes of an Oriental nature.

If you wish to purchase a good quality Patchouli or any other aromatherapy oils then  can click here If you do not see the oil that you would like, then please get in touch, we can source most oils.

As I prepare this for publication, I read that another aid-worker has been murdered by beheading. In honour of this mans life and work I add this picture to my blog. Peace Man!


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5 thoughts on “Patchouli

      • I think I have about 40. I will count them when I get in. I bought a load to try and get into the aromatherapy thing but found time lacking. And my retention of knowledge around there use is poor. Having to research each oil and carrier oil each time is time consuming.

      • Hmm, I dont have as many as I thought 😦

        I have
        Bitter Orange
        Black Pepper
        Clary Sage
        Sweet Marjoram
        Rose Geranium
        SAndlewood Amrys
        Ylang Ylang

  1. Oh did you buy the starter kit? I trained as an aromatherapist 21 years ago, so if
    you would like some help starting for your personal use, then ask away. Seriously sounds as though you have a problem with your sense of smell though, if you can’t smell orange. What were you burning it in? Was it in water with a candle, or one of these electric things?

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