Emotional And Energetic Properties Of Patchouli Essential Oil
Ayurvedic use of patchouli dates back years, having revered its beauty for skin care, relaxation, meditation, as an aphrodisiac and as an insect repellent. Chinese literature tells us it was introduced later to Traditional Chinese Medicine during the first century A.D. and was used for similar properties.
Patchouli has an extraordinary action of marrying the mind and body. It brings the two together seamlessly, erasing boundaries and divisions. Often, we may find people are too grounded and cannot see any spirituality in their lives or fail to associate what may be going on in the physical body with their emotions.
Patchouli is very good at helping a person feel more comfortably housed in their physical existence.
This ability to feel your physicality is very powerful for sexual dysfunction and its aphrodisiac effects are fascinating. It is especially useful for women or men who struggle to relax during times of intimacy. The 12th century Indian text by Somershvara reveals how patchouli is used in Ayurvedic and Tantric ceremonies to liberate fantasies, heighten libido and deepen sexual feelings, creating a safe space to explore one’s most primitive sexuality.
The weight of patchouli seems to act like a lead pendulum, pulling the spiritual energy down through the mental faculties and anchoring them in the physical body, at the root.
The magic of patchouli is how it seems to break down the barrier between the physical mind and the spiritual one, making it extraordinary for connecting to one’s higher source during meditation and prayer.
Hindu temples burn incenses containing patchouli to ensure that the devotee returns safely to their physical body and does not remain floating out in the cosmos when their prayers have finished.
Energetically, it has a red vibration and works on the root and sacral chakras.
These, very clearly relate to sexuality, but more than that. They relate to a person’s fundamental roots and how secure they feel in life. Not surprisingly, it’s red vibration also means it not only has a pacifying effect on irritation and anger, but that it also instills confidence too.
An element of aromatherapy that seems to be getting lost on today’s generation of user is the individuality of a person’s response to a fragrance. While we can be led by textbook recommendations of benefits and uses, we should always be mindful that a person’s psyche will react in a very specific way to a fragrance profile.
Their response can be further complicated by the fact it will change and transform. One day they might really enjoy an aroma, the next it will be annoying and distinctly unattractive. Apart from ylang ylang oil, I can’t imagine any fragrance reaction that would be as changeable as with patchouli.
It is important to take time to simply be with the oil, to measure one’s responses in quietness, and see where the essential oil takes us, before we use it long term. The musky associations of patchouli may bring up memories from this lifetime or confusingly drag up those associated with those lives past. Its aroma can sometimes be deeply comforting, and everything that the soul pathway desires, but on another day may make you flinch with complete distaste.
It’s a deeply magical elixir, which speaks to the very deepest part of ourselves and charges our mental and physical faculties to come into line with our spiritual yearnings and desires.
Where top notes such as orange and lemon may be described as happy, patchouli, I would describe as blissfully content. It’s a different vibration, quieter and somehow, breathless, sated and spent.
Very seductive and beautiful, indeed.