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24 Apr
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NAME: Patchouli

LATIN NAME: Pogostemon Cabin


ORIGIN: Philippines

HABITAT: Asia, West Africa, South America

BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Patchouli is the most famous species of perennial tropical herbaceous frutescent plants from the large Pogostemon (lat. Pogostemon) family. The genus includes at least 90 different species. Subshrub can reach one and a half meters in diameter and height. Patchouli has vertical hard stems, soft leaves with a strong pleasant smell and white or pale lilac flowers with bright purple specks. They are collected in brush in verticils from 10 to 15 pieces. The fruit of the plant is a nut.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION: The chemical composition of patchouli is well studied. It includes apigenin, cinnamic acid, anethole, eugenol, patchoulol, beta caryophyllene, flavones, esters, volatile oil, ombuin, rhamnetin.

ACTIONS: The plant is said to have antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, carminative, diuretic, insecticidal, sedative, stimulant and anodyne properties.

HEALTH BENEFITS:  Health benefits of patchouli are known to folk medicine.

In traditional medicine, the plant is used to treat diseases of internal organs, such as hemorrhoids and intestinal diseases.

The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of the plant are useful in treating a wide range of skin diseases, as well as some internal inflammations, such as arthritis and gout.

Patchouli disinfects wounds and ulcers, and also helps their healing. It is believed that patchouli can get rid of scars, "marks" left by smallpox, measles and acne.

Patchouli increases the frequency of urination, as well as the amount of urine. Urination removes redundant water, unnecessary salts and uric acid, this helps to lessen the chances of getting gallbladder stones and kidney stones, as well as diseases such as gout.


The plant should not be used during pregnancy and lactation.

People with gastritis and peptic ulcer should also avoid using patchouli.

It is not recommended for patients with asthma.

Individual intolerance should be taken into account.


The history of patchouli in perfumery, everyday life and medicine goes into deep antiquity.

Indian healers used the plant for nervous diseases as a disinfecting, healing and antiviral agent. In China, patchouli was used to treat headaches, colds, nausea, diarrhea, and problems with the intestines.

Hindus use the plant to flavor fabrics, linen, as well as to scare away insects. Patchouli came to the European continent from India. Women were fascinated by the fragrance that Indian fabrics produced. Expensive goods fragrant with this exquisite incense, and soon it became associated with the mysterious and luxurious East.

Patchouli has long been considered a sacred plant and was a mandatory attribute of the wedding ceremony.

There is a belief that patchouli has close ties with the financial well-being, so it should never be thrown away or disregarded because it will immediately affect its owner.


*Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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