GRANDMA’S HERBAL ENCYCLOPEDIA: White Patchouli

April 21, 2017

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What is it?

White patchouli is fragrant shrubby East Indian plant. It part of the mint family, with vertical stems that bear small, pale pink-white flower. Patchouli scents are musky, woodsy, and downright earthy.

What are its benefits?

Patchouli has been used for thousands of years. Is has bee used to reduce inflammation and irritation as well as skin redness, eczema, acne and even dandruff.

The strong scent of patchouli has been used in perfumes, incense, insect repellents, and alternative medicines.

Patchouli has also been used in alternative medicine to fight depression, boost immune system, used as a natural deodorant, stop fungal growth and even fight fever.

When diffused, Patchouli can help alleviate tension and worry. It is a soothing oil to diffuse during meditation.

*While it has been used for alternative medicine, it does not mean patchouli is a cure or recommended medical treatment.

 

How is it typically used?

Patchouli is used as the source of perfume oil that distilled from the plant’s leaves. It has been used also as an insecticide, leech repellent and to soothe menstrual cramps.

Patchouli leaves have even been used to make herbal tea. They are also eaten as a vegetable and sometimes used as a seasoning.

Patchouli essential oils blend well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrrh, and Sandalwood.

 

Patchouli Perfume Recipe:

Grandma created her fragrant white patchouli bar, because it is one of her favorite scents. Below is a simple recipe for a patchouli perfume. It is used as a fundamental note in perfumes, anchoring lighter notes and providing warmth to the blend.

Herbal Perfume Ingredients:

  • Approximately 12-20 Drops Total Of Base Patchouli Essential Oils
  • 25-30 Drops Of Middle Tone Oils Like Rose Or Lavender
  • 12-15 Drops Of Top Note Oils Like Bergamot
  • 4 Ounces Of Alcohol To Preserve And Meld Scents

 

What To do:

  • Mix all oils together in an opaque bottle.
  • Let this mixture sit in bottle for a few days to let scents meld.
  • Add the alcohol and cap tightly.
  • Shake and put in a cool, dark place for at least a month (preferable). This is optional but helps the alcohol scent fade and the scents of the oils intensify.

 

Homemade Whipped Body Butter

This smooth and natural body butter will leave you smelling and feeling smooth! It’s base is that of two butters, and one or two essential oils that you mix, whip and chill, the end result being a heavenly experience for your skin!  You can pick any oil(s) you want, we will use White Patchouli today though (for obvious reasons).

Ingredients

1/2 cup each of organic:

  • Cocoa butter
  • Shea butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of essential oil(s)

 Instructions

  • Add cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil into a double boiler or, use a glass or metal bowl over a pan of boiling water.
  • Heat until melted, mixing occasionally. Remove from heat and put mixture into fridge for one hour or until firm.
  • With hand mixer, whip oils until creamy and light. Add essential oils and mix again.
  • Spoon your body butter into containers. Mixture may seem a bit moist after whipping but will firm up after a few minutes.

 

If you enjoy White Patchouli, we recommend our White Patchouli Herbal of the Month!



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