Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil include promoting sleep, boosting the immune system, repelling insects, regulating oily skin and acne, reducing inflammation, helping balance emotions, promotes healing, and acting as an aphrodisiac by stimulating sex hormones.

Patchouli essential oil comes from the lightly fragrant leaves of a bushy tropical perennial evergreen bush (Pogostemon cablin) growing several feet in height. The plant originally comes from the Southeast Asian countries of China, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. It typically grows at altitudes of 800-1000 feed above seal level in warm and humid climates. Most of patchouli essential oil now comes from Java and China.

It has long been a part of Asian medicine. The Romans used patchouli oil to stimulate the appetite.

The leaves are partially dried in shade and allowed to ferment for several days. The oil is extracted using steam distillation or CO2 extraction.

Aromatherapy and Cosmetics Uses

It has a pleasant, earthy, woody aroma that is often used in soaps, body lotions, incense and cosmetics.

Therapeutic applications often make use of its antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, fungicide, insecticide, sedative, and astringent properties. It is used in Japan and Malaysia as a snakebite venom antidote.

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil Come From its Organic Compounds

It’s varied properties come from the organic chemical compounds found in the oil. An article (Comparison of extraction of patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) essential oil with supercritical CO2 and by steam distillation) in The Journal of Supercritical Fluids describes the organic compounds in patchouloli essential oil. The researchers used different extraction temperatures and pressures to obtain samples of the oil. They used a gas chromatograph to determine the chemical composition for each sample. A list of the ranges found for major components (with a presence greater than 1%) is as follows:

  • Patchoulol (12.93 – 31.39%)
  • α-Guaiene (13.38 – 24.16%)
  • δ-Guaiene (15.55 – 23.3%)
  • α-Patchoulene (4.80 – 6.21%)
  • β-Patchoulene (1.62 – 3.26%)
  • β-Caryophyllene (3.13 – 5.85%)
  • α-Selinene ()0.21 – 3.9%)
  • Seychellene (1.72 – 3.3%)
  • β-Elemene (0.5 – 1.8%)

As you can tell, the exact proportions of the compounds in the oil vary depending on how the oil is extracted. Try several brands of this oil to see which gives you the best results.


Patchouli essential oil is generally regarded as safe.

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil

Here are some of the best ways to make use of the benefits of patchouli essential oil.

Patchouli is steamed distilled from the rich, green leaves of the Patchouli bush, and has a rich, earthy, woodsy scent. It is great for meditation, relaxation, and reducing nervous tension and worry.

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil for Men

Patchouli is an excellent fragrance for men’s products and can help combat odors.

Also, when used in skincare products, Patchouli can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and blemishes.

Our best ways to use Patchouli are:

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil for Odor Control

First, use Patchouli to help combat shoe odor by adding 2 drops of Patchouli to 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Mix that together and then sprinkle into stinky shoes. It really helps remove foot odor.

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil for Centering You Mind

Another way to use Patchouli is in a yoga mat spray — to help feel grounded and centered.

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil for Blemish Control

But perhaps our favorite way to use Patchouli is in a DIY balm for reducing the appearance of scars and skin blemishes.

As mentioned, Patchouli is a favorite among men for its rich, woody, earthy scent. Here is an easy DIY aftershave recipe that not only will HE enjoy, but so will you. For this recipe you will need:

A glass bottle or container
4 oz Grapeseed Carrier Oil ►
1 oz Meadowfoam Carrier Oil ►
1 tablespoon glycerin (optional) -for extremely dry skin)
15 drops Lime Steam Distilled ►
8 drops Cedarwood Texas ►
7 drops Patchouli ►

Mix all ingredients together. Rub a dime size amount between your palms and apply to the face after shaving. Store any unused portion in the glass bottle or container, in a cool, dry place.

Patchouli has been used around the world for centuries. It’s a versatile oil that you’ll definitely want to always have on hand.

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For a good background on the benefits of patchouli essential oil read this article (An introduction to patchouli (Pogostemon cablin Benth.) – A medicinal and aromatic plant: It’s importance to mankind) from the Agricultural Engineering International: CIGR Journal.

Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Benefits of grapefruit essential oil include reducing reduce appetite and sugar cravings, mobilizing fat, as well as boosting your mood and fighting viral infections. It’s an all-around super essential oil.

What Causes the Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil?

What’s in grapefruit essential oil that gives it its healthful properties? A journal article in the International Journal of Phytotherapy Research,
PHARMACOLOGICAL POTENTIALS OF CITRUS PARADISI- AN OVERVIEWindicates that the main chemical components of grapefruit essential oil are:

  • limonene (81.6%),
  • linalyl acetate (5.20%),
  • p-cymene (3.6%),
  • β-pinene (2.51%),
  • sabinene (1.02%),

as well as a number of other compounds with less than 1% presence.

The benefits of grapefruit essential oil mainly come from its most abundant natural phytochemical, limonene. Limonene if found in the peals of many citrus fruits. It gets its name from the lemon. It is typically present in the grapefruit peal oil at between 88 to 95%. Limonene has been investigated since the 1970s. It is used to make medicines which can help prevent and treat cancer. Limonene is also used to treat bronchitis and other viral infections. It is a great solvent for cleaning. Grapefruit essential oil has a fragrant aroma and is used as a flavoring.

Grapefruit oil is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C. It helps boost the immune system and fights against free radicals. It helps protect the body from premature aging, tissue degeneration, and vision loss. It helps mental clarity. The antiviral and antimicrobial characteristics make it a good disinfectant.

Grapefruit oil is commonly used in aromatherapy where it tangy aroma helps boost your mood. Taken internally it can treat infections in the stomach, intestines and colon. It can help fight throat and respiratory infections, as well as muscle aches.

Another of the benefits of grapefruit essential oil is it helps the function of the lymphatic system. This helps clear the body of toxins and helps remove cellulite.

It can also help increasing energy levels, boosting your metabolism. It also help reduce your appetite and sugar cravings. And it seems to help mobilize fat. So, is often used by those trying to lose weight.


Grapefruit essential oil may cause skin irritation and causes skin to be sensitive to light. Test grapefruit essential oil on a small patch of skin before applying it generally over large areas. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight after applying to your skin.

Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Curbing cravings can be difficult. Did you know that research has shown that just smelling grapefruit oil can help reduce feelings of hunger?

Try diffusing Grapefruit essential oil when you feel hungry but don’t want to consume unnecessary calories. Additionally like most citrus essential oils, Grapefruit has an uplifting aroma. Keeping a positive mood makes weight management efforts more fun and purposeful.

Diffuse or Take Internally

Diffuse Grapefruit oil in the morning to set the mood for the rest of your day or periodically put two drops in your palms, rub them together and breathe in deeply.

When taken internally, Grapefruit essential oil supports a healthy metabolism. Add two drops to a glass of water, refill throughout the day, and with meals for metabolic support and healthy alternative to sugary beverages.