Learn More About Patchouli Essential Oil
Patchouli belongs to the Lamiaceae family, and as such is technically a mint. Its leaves look very similar to the rest of its family however it will grow to around about a metre tall and then flower with white or purple blooms.
Its name comes from the Tamil phrase green leaf (green-patch) leaf-ilai) and it is often referred to by its Urdu name – Khoshbodar pudina which translates to smelly mint.
Therapeutically, Patchouli supports the skin. Here, it is most effective blended with soothing chamomile and nourishing rose. Likewise, it is incredibly useful for adding to shampoos and conditioners for itchy scalps and dandruff.
Emotional And Energetic Properties Of Patchouli Essential Oil
Ayurvedic use of patchouli dates back at least 5000 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.
Our Commitment to Quality
Every batch of Patchouli oil we receive is tested for purity and quality. Each batch of essential oil can differ, even from the same producer. Because essential oil is extracted from plants, it can be affected by many factors such as the weather, the seasons, and human error… a bit like fine wine.
This is why we carry out batch testing even if the batch is from the same supplier so we can guarantee consistent quality.
The farms we’ve chosen to work with consistently provide incredibly pure, high quality oils. We regularly review our producers with a stringent set of quality guidelines that we’ve developed in partnership with our industry experts and their 20+ years in the industry.
“Even an oil which is quite truthfully described as pure may be of poor quality, and therefore of less value therapeutically. IF AN ESSENTIAL OIL COSTS MUCH LESS THAN YOU WOULD NORMALLY EXPECT TO PAY FOR IT, the oil may well be a third or fourth distillate from a batch of plant material which has already yielded the greater part of its properties to the first or second distillation.”
About The Cultivation
Our mission is to provide you with the purest essential oils that contain the therapeutic properties you need to support yours and your family’s health.
Sometimes this means the oil is certified organic but acquiring an organic certification can be quite costly to farmers, which means many choose not to obtain it. Oils derived from plants that are organically grown or wildcrafted are still free from man-made chemicals despite not being certified. This means the oils can be of equal or better quality than comparable certified organic products and often at a lower price.
We also source single origin essential oils to help ensure quality and transparency.
How We Package Our Patchouli Oil
Our Patchouli oil is fresh off the still and comes in a 10ML blue glass bottle and is sealed to protect the precious oil within. The bottle also comes with an orifice reducer built in so you can dispense the oil one drop at a time.
During the shipping process, special canisters prolong and protect the quality of the oil from light and temperature during transit from around the globe and we ensure a quick turnaround time from producer to bottle, with minimal shelf time to maintain quality and purity.
We typically recommend storing your oil at or below room temperature in a cool dark place.
The Tests We Run on our Oils To Ensure Quality
All of our oil is constantly tested for purity. The testing provides us with key data about what constituent compounds are in the oils and at what volumes.
Gas Chromatography (GC)
Gas Chromatography (GC) describes the analytical separation technique used to analyze volatile substances in the gas phase. In GC, the components of a sample are dissolved in a solvent and vaporized in order to separate the analytes by distributing the sample between two phases: a stationary phase and a mobile phase. GC provides us key data about what compounds are in oils and how much of each component is present.
Mass Spectrometry (MS)
Mass Spectrometry (MS) is an analytical chemistry technique that identifies the amount and type of individual molecules present in a sample by measuring the mass-to-charge ratio. A mass spectrometer has three essential functions: Ion source, Mass analyzer and the Detector. The Ion source is where the sample is ionized. Once the sample is ionized, the mass analyzer sorts and separates the ions according to the mass and charge. Once the ions are separated and sorted then the separation is measured in the detector where a results chart is displayed..
Patchouli essential oil generally has a chemical composition similar to the below:
A personal message from our founders
Ultimately we believe that an oil, like the business that stands behind it, should be ethical and be exactly what it says on the tin. That’s why we only use the highest quality Patchouli, with the highest quality extraction methods, and shipped with the highest quality packaging.
It’s also why you won’t see us throwing around buzzwords that don’t mean anything, like “therapeutic grade” or “clinical grade.” When we describe our oils, we mean what we say.
We believe that the more you know about essential oils in general, the more likely you’ll want to become a part of the Sacred Soul community.
If for any reason you’re unsatisfied with our oil, I want to personally invite you to email me and let me know. I’ll be happy to refund your money within the first 30 days of your purchase.
I’m betting my business on the fact that you’ll be blown away by the quality and aroma of our Patchouli essential oil.
Either way, thanks for stopping by our site and checking us out. We hope every interaction you have with us, in person, or online is positive and memorable. Feel free to drop us a note on our contact page if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback for us.
Scott Pittman & Kristan Markham
Sacred Soul Holistics