Patchouli is definitely one of those scents you either love or absolutely hate. Over the years I have listened to people share with me at different markets and shows that I have sold our natural skin care products at; how they will buy any thing with patchouli in it, while others absolutely despise the scent. This pungent, musty, earthy scent is most commonly referred to as “hippie perfume”. I will admit that patchouli is not one of my favorites and though it may not be as popular as it was during the 60’s and 70’s, we still sell a lot of our patchouli lavender goats milk soap bars.
Here are some patchouli facts for all you patchouli lovers out there. This herb comes from the mint family, and is not only used as a scented fragrance, but as an insect repellant and many other medical uses.
Patchouli does have antiseptic properties, which is why in some Asian countries, it is common practice to use this herb for treating venomous snake and insect bites.
There is much folk-lore stated that Patchouli induces relaxation. The Chinese have been using Patchouli for some time now in treating headaches, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and colds. During the 18th and 19th centuries silk traders used Patchouli leaves to protect their silks from moths laying their eggs on them as they traveled from village to village.
Patchouli is contributed to many physical benefits such as treating acne, athletes foot, eczema, dandruff, wounds, sores, oily skin, dry skin, wrinkles and scars. Patchouli also is noted for having psycho and emotional benefits, relieving nervous tension, acting as a stress reducer, clears confusion and known to be an aphrodisiac.
For some the scent brings back memories of the past that are either good or bad, and others either just can’t stand the smell or absolutely love it. So which are you? Do you absolutely love Patchouli, or do you hate it.