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Patchouli Essential Oil is recognizable for its musky, sweet, spicy and woody aroma. Steam distilled from the petals of the small, pale pink-white flowers originating from South East Asia, it boasts a ton of rewards for your skin, mind, and body, as it tones and soothes. Not only is Patchouli Essential Oil highly calming and grounding, but it also promotes feelings of peace and contentment.



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Product name:
Patchouli Essential Oil (Patchouli Oil) – 100% Pure, Natural, Organic Essential Oil 

Pogostemon Cablin

Quick info:

Botanical Name: Pogostemon Cablin

  • Aroma: Musky, Sweet, Spicy, Woody
  • Extraction Method: Steam distilled from Patchouli flowers
  • Source: Sri Lanka
  • Note: Middle


Relaxation, Stress Relief, Anxiety. Allergies, Insomnia & Restlessness, Eczema, Rashes, Cold & Flu, Dandruff, Appetite, Wound Healing

Botanical Families:

Patchouli belongs to a plant family called Lamiaceae, also known as the mint family. 

Patchouli, (Pogostemon cablin), an aromatic flowering plant of the mint family (Lamiaceae), the leaves of which are a source of essential oil that is used as a fragrance in perfumes, cosmetics, and incense. Patchouli is native to tropical Asia, where it is widely cultivated and has been used for centuries for its essential oil.

Chemical families: Lamiaceae

Patchouli Essential Oil is recognizable for its musky, sweet, spicy and woody aroma. Steam distilled from the petals of the small, pale pink-white flowers originating from South East Asia, it boasts a ton of rewards for your skin, mind, and body, as it tones and soothes. Not only is Patchouli Essential Oil highly calming and grounding, but it also promotes feelings of peace and contentment.


A truly intoxicating fragrance renowned in the perfumery industry for its rich floral and musky sweet tones. Pure patchouli is an earthy, grounding oil with calming aromatherapy benefits. Frequently used in skincare to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes while promoting a glowing, smooth complexion.


Patchouli is a bushy, flowering plant native to tropical Southeast Asian countries. Its scientific name is Pogostemon cablin, but most people know it as “patchouli” or “patch” for short. This beautiful plant grows up to 3 feet high, with large, furry leaves and delicate purple-white flowers growing out of dense, wooly spikes. 


Patchouli Essential Oil is often used for: 

  • Promoting healthy skin
  • Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enhancing skin permeability 
  • Treating the scalp and dandruff
  • Reducing stress levels 
  • Improving sleep quality 
  • Boosting mood and fighting off depression
  • Reducing minor inflammations



One of the top benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil is definitely its mood-boosting yet soothing abilities. Add 8 to 10 drops in a diffuser or burner for the ultimate aromatherapy session. 


In aromatherapy, the smell of patchouli can calm your emotions, elevate your mood, and relieve anxiety. 

Some describe it as a grounding and emotionally-balancing scent that helps relax both the mind and body. It causes the release of positive hormones like dopamine and serotonin, which fight against anxiety, stress, and depression.

The scent is also closely associated with love and romance. Patchouli has been used as an aphrodisiac for hundreds of years, stimulating estrogen and testosterone to provide a libido lift for both sexes. 

A good night sleep: 

Thanks to its stress-relieving qualities, Patchouli Essential Oil is excellent when it comes to promoting faster and deeper sleep. Simply diffuse Patchouli Essential Oil in your room before sleeping or apply a few drops to your temples or behind your ears – or even use it as a pillow mist to have the best sleep of your life! 


For Your Hair Care Routine: 

Aside from relaxation and aromatherapy, Patchouli Essential Oil has been used by many generations to soften and moisturize hair. It does so by soothing the nerves in the scalp and facilitate the flow to the hair follicles, it also prevents infections and controls dandruff which gives you a healthier scalp. You can add a few drops to your shampoo, conditioner, or even make a hair oil using a carrier oil of your choice with a few drops of Patchouli Essential Oil. 


Keep aging at bay: 

We all know that anti-oxidants are essential to keeping our skin youthful. Conveniently, Patchouli Essential oil is packed with them! It clears up blemishes and evens out your skin tone by strengthening the skin barrier. It has skin repairing, regenerating, and strengthening properties, which in turn keeps your skin young and refreshed.


Anti-depressant & Anti-Stress: 

Patchouli oil calms the nerves well. Patchouli is known for its antidepressant properties. The invigorating, spicy aroma it has tantalizes your senses and it boosts your mood and leaves you invigorated. Known for its relaxing and tranquillizing properties, Patchouli oil will definitely help you relax and unwind after a long day. You can simply take a few whiffs from the bottle.

Make Your Own Perfume: 

The rich aroma of patchouli oil makes it the perfect perfume blend.

What You Need:

  • 10 drops of patchouli essential oil
  • 6 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops of orange essential oil
  • 3 tablespoons of any carrier oil (hempseed, jojoba oil, sea buckthorn oil)

How to Prepare:

  1. Add all the oils to an airtight glass jar.
    2. Shake the jar until all the oils have mixed together completely.
    3. Use a cotton ball or an earbud to apply the perfume.

Morning Meditation: 

Patchouli essential oil is great choice to diffuse while meditating. Its woody, earthy scent helps you feel grounded first thing in the morning. It will stimulate your mind and boost your creativity throughout the day. Simply mix: 

  • 4 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • 3 drops Patchouli essential oil 
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil 


Off to Bed:

Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils for sleep. But what about patchouli oil? Patchouli oil has a rich, earthy aroma that has been shown to help promote relaxation and sleepiness, making it a great choice for those who have trouble falling or staying asleep.


  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops Cypress essential oil 
  • 2 drops Patchouli essential oil 

Cool and Collected:

Step into the limelight with this citrus-inspired blend. Lemon’s aroma blends with earthy Cedarwood oil and warm Patchouli oil for a summer-ready diffuser blend:

  • 5 drops of Cedarwood essential oil
  • 3 drops of Lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops of Patchouli essential oil

Bring on the abundance:

Patchouli oil has been shown to help promote positive energy and increase feelings of well-being. Try diffusing patchouli with orange and grapefruit to attract abundance and prosperity.

  • 4 drops Grapefruit essential oil 
  • 4 drops Orange essential oil
  • 2 drops Patchouli essential oil 

Hair Care DIY Hair Mask: 

The simplest way to apply patchouli oil to your hair is with a pre-shampoo treatment. Take a carrier oil such as argan, hemspeed, or rosehip oil and add a few drops of patchouli oil to it. Mix thoroughly, then apply to your entire head. Cover your hair with a head wrap and let it soak for as long as you feel comfortable. The longer the better, and if you can use it overnight, great! When you’re done, shampoo and condition your hair as you normally would.

Home Scenting:

Add a few drops of Patchouli essential oil to some cotton wool balls and pop them into your clothes drawers or on a shelf in your wardrobe. This will add a lovely scent to your wardrobe and clothes.

Aroma: Due to its intense scent, even when diluted, a little patchouli oil goes a long way. It is most commonly used as a base note in perfumes and is also prized as an excellent fixative (an ingredient that extends the life of other perfume ingredients). Patchouli has always been a bit tricky, mostly because it possesses such a distinct odour – an aroma that many people think they don’t like. 

It blends well with Lavender, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Rose, Grapefruit, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Frankincense, Marjoram, Sandalwood, and Cedarwood.

– Olfactory Family: Musky, Sweet, Spicy, Woody
– Note: Middle Note
– Strength: Strong
– Perfumes used in: Lancome La Vie Est Belle, Nest Midnight Fleyr Eau de Parfum, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, Mizensir Mythique Vetyver, The 7 Virtues Patchouli Citrus Eau de Parfum, Bond no. 9 New York Greenwich Village Eau de Parfum, Dossier Gourmand Patchouli, Kilian Paris Straight to Heaven White Cristal, Armani Beauty Si Intense Eau de Parfum, Bon Parfumeur Perfume Sampler Set, Commodity Gold+ Bold. 


Although Patchouli native to Asia, its first applications were actually developed in South India, it was used mainly as a medicine while also finding use as an insect repellant and even in herbal teas! Hundreds of years later it found its way to the middle east via trade routes, but it wasn’t until much later in human history when it became an easily recognizable fragrance and commodity in Europe and the other western civilizations. That said it was a valuable commodity in ancient Egypt, Tutankhamun had ten gallons of this oil buried with him in his tomb!


A rather surprising and dark historical use, Patchouli was commonly used to mask the smell of human decomposition during funerals for the dead during the 17th to 19th centuries due to its intense scent, in fact the name Patchouli is believed to have come from the Hindi word ‘pacholi’, which means ‘to scent’.

During the early 1800’s, it found use as an insect repellent for keeping bugs at bay while transporting garments from Asia to the rest of the world. The scent doubled up as a mark of authenticity for genuine eastern fabrics, such as silk around the time. It became associated with high fashion and wealth – everybody wanted to smell like patchouli! In fact, it was so highly valued at this point that traders would exchange a pound of patchouli for a pound of gold.

Today, Patchouli essential oil has its many uses and benefits ranging from health and cosmetic to even spiritual and holistic. The oil can be used topically (applied to the skin) on hair, in fragrances and even in aromatherapy. When used in aromatherapy, Patchouli oil is used to create an atmosphere of relaxation. Some people use it during meditation and for spiritual enlightenment, others to relieve stress, anxiety and depression while boosting moods and also helping with Insomnia. 


Fun Facts About Patchouli Essential Oil: 

  • Centuries ago, European traders would exchange a pound of gold for a pound of patchouli.
  • King Tut had 10 gallons of patchouli oil buried with him in his tomb.
  • Patchouli continues to be used as a remedy all over the world for dandruff, dry & peeling skin & dermatitis.
  • Patchouli acts as a natural insect repellent, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 
  • For body odor, patchouli is said to be an effective deodorant.


Patchouli has a history of use as a traditional, herbal treatment for conditions such as:

  • Promoting healthy skin
  • Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enhancing skin permeability 
  • Treating the scalp and dandruff
  • Reducing stress levels 
  • Improving sleep quality 
  • Boosting mood and fighting off depression
  • Reducing minor inflammations


A 2014 study treated mice with patchouli oil for two hours and then exposed them to ultraviolet radiation, which can age and damage skin. Using a variety of tests, they assessed the potential protective effects of patchouli oil. The researchers found that mice treated with patchouli oil had less wrinkle formation and an increase in collagen content. 

Antibacterial Use: 

Disease-causing bacteria use things like biofilms and virulence factors to effectively colonize a host and overcome its defenses. A recent study observed that patchouli oil was able to disrupt biofilms and some virulence factors of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains.

The below table is a general dilution guide for essential oils. Aim for a one to five percent dilution for topical use, and always start small with the number of essential oil drops and increase the dilution ratio as desired.


  10 ml 30 ml  60 ml 120 ml 240 mL
0.5% 1 Drop 3 Drop 6 Drop 12 Drop 24 Drop
1 % 2 Drop 6 Drop 24 Drop 24 Drop 48 Drop
2% 4 Drop 12 Drop 48 Drop 48 Drop 96 Drop
3% 6 Drop 18 Drop 72 Drops 72 Drop 144 Drop
5% 10 Drop 30 Drop 120 Drop 120 Drop 240 Drop


Use Concentration
Facial Use Aim for 0.2 – 1.5%
Body Massage Aim for 1.5 – 3%
Bath & Body Use Aim for 1 – 4%
Spot Treatment Aim for 3 – 5%

For external use only. Do not use undiluted on the skin. Avoid contact with eyes. Patch test before use. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use essential oils on children under 5 years old. Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy or if under a doctor’s care. Store in a cool, dark place.

Shelf Life: 2 years

Babies & Children: 

To keep your little one safe, for newborn to 24 months, we recommend that you always check with your pediatrician before introducing a new product to your baby’s routine.  Our products have no specified age range; however, remember to store products well away from your infant and child.


Ultrasonic diffusers effectively enhance the air of any environment. We recommend that:

  • Less is More: use less essential oils in ultrasonic diffusers
  • Diffusion Time: diffuse essential oils for 30-60 minutes on, then 30-60 minutes off
  • Air Flow: whenever you are using or diffusing essential oils, offer fresh air with an open window or door



You can use essential oils during pregnancy, but please consult your health care practitioner before use.



Using essential oils on pets: 

The ability to tolerate essential oils is dependent on many factors, including plant species, product, dose, and route of application. Essential oil use cases show the most significant risk of toxicity is from direct skin application on your pet’s skin – these same cases also share that a large volume was applied directly and neat (pure without a carrier) to the pet’s skin. Knowing that there is a risk in using these oils to your pet’s fur or skin, we strongly recommend consultation with your veterinarian or animal care specialist prior to applying or exposure to any of our products.


If you’ve chosen to use essential oils around your pet, we first recommend taking note of your pets behavior, contacting your vet with any concerns, and the below list of Rūt products that we feel are the most pet-friendly:

Single note essential oils:

  • Chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Clary Sage
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary


Should you choose to use your ultrasonic diffuser in the presence of your pet, we recommend:

  • Using only small amounts of essential oils. 1-5 drops are our recommendation
  • Ensure the space is well ventilated with a window open slightly for fresh air
  • Always keep a door open so that the animal can enter and exit the room easily
  • Take note of how your pet responds at all times and if you notice your pet resisting an aroma, discontinue use and move them to a well-ventilated space
  • Be particularly mindful of pets that are in cages or enclosed spaces (including birds and small rodents) as they cannot leave the room if they become uncomfortable

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