Latin name: Pogostemon cablin
Synonyms: Pogostemon patchouli, Puchaput
Plant family: Lamiaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the dried leaves, which are often fermented first.
Origin: Indonesia, Philippines
Plant characteristics: A perennial bushy herb about 1m high with large, fragrant, hairy leaves and white and purple flowers.
Oil characteristics: An amber liquid with a sweet powdery, rich herby, woody aroma.
Traditional use: Used in the East to scent linen and as a prophylactic. Can be used also to treat colds, headaches and nausea.
Blends well with: Sandalwood, rose otto, neroli, cypress and juniper essential oils
Cautions and comments: No known contra-indications. Patchouli has its greatest effect on cracked, dry, mature skin. It is also anti-wrinkle when applied with calendula carrier oil.
Main chemical constituents: Alcohols >45%, sesquiterpenes 50%.