Patchouli Dark Essential Oil
Patchouli Dark Essential Oil is made from plant materials obtained from the very same plant variety as Patchouli Light Essential Oil, known as Pogostemon cablin.
Patchouli is a member of the Lamiaceae plant family, which makes it botanically related to familiar species such as Lavandula angustifolia, from which all of the best Lavender Essential Oils are produced.
However, the essential oils obtained from these two different plant varieties differ considerably, both aromatically and where their consistency is concerned. But, unsurprisingly, they also share important benefits, especially where hormone health is concerned.
Where Is Patchouli Essential Oil From?
Patchouli, unlike it’s European herbal cousins, is native to the tropics. It is found in countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Malaysia. It is also found in a couple of regions within the Americas, namely the Caribbean, and South America.
Wild As The Wind Patchouli Light Essential Oil and Patchouli Dark Essential Oil originate from Indonesia.
According to the most lauded book on essential oils, Essential Oil Safety (2nd Edition), by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Indonesian Patchouli Essential Oils are of superior quality to Patchouli Essential Oils sourced from other countries.
What’s The Difference Between Dark & Light Patchouli Essential Oil?
Both Patchouli Light Essential Oil and Patchouli Dark Essential Oil are made using the same plant materials, from exactly the same plants. Plus, the aromatherapy oil is extracted using the same extraction method.
The only difference between the two oils is that Patchouli Light Essential Oil is steam distilled using stainless steel vats and Patchouli Dark Essential Oil is steam distilled using cast iron vats.
The use of differing stills produces a slightly different product. However, there is little difference in the healing potential of both essential oils. There is however, a slight difference in the aromatic performance and appearance of these two aromatherapy oils.
Patchouli Essential Oil Health Benefits
Patchouli Essential Oil health benefits are thought to include: Antibacterial + antidepressant + anti-inflammatory + antifungal + antimicrobial + antioxidant + antiparasitic + antiphlogistic + antiseptic + antiviral + astringent + aphrodisiac + bactericidal + carminative + cicatrizant + cytophylactic + deodorant + digestive + diurectic + fungicide + febrifuge (reduces fever) + insecticide + nervine + neuroprotective + stimulant + tonic + vulnerary, (wound healing)
*Patchouli Essential Oil can be sedative at a low dose or stimulant at a higher dose.
The National Institute Of Health [USA] state that Patchouli Essential Oil is all of the following:
antioxidant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiplatelet, antithrombotic, aphrodisiac, antidepressant, antimutagenic, antiemetic, fibrinolytic and cytotoxic.
Please refer to the Glossary Of Terms for more detail.
Patchouli Essential Oil Traditional Health Benefits
Patchouli Essential Oil is considered to be a relaxing, soothing and calming aromatherapy oil which has many and varied traditional applications.
According to the NIH
In China, Japan and Malaysia, [it is used herbally] to treat colds, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, insect and snake bites. In aromatherapy, patchouli oil is used to relieve depression, stress, calm nerves, control appetite and to improve sexual interest.
The leaves of Pogostemon cablin have been used to keep moths away from clothing, and were traditionally packed with Cashmere shawls, being sent to the West, to keep them safe from infestation.
Patchouli Essential Oil traditional health benefits are thought to include:
- Digestive issues
- IBS [when ingested]
- Weight loss [when ingested]
- Nervous disorders
- Anxiety & Depression
- Autoimmune [inflammatory] conditions :: Arthritis & Gout etc
- Respiratory infections :: Colds + Tonsilitis + Flu [Influenza A]
- Reducing the spread of the flu when diffused
- Immune-boosting + infection-fighting
- Inflammatory muscle & joint pain
- Hormone balance
- Insect repellent: house flies + mosquitoes + urban ants + termites
- Menopausal hot flushes
- Varicose veins
- Controlling appetite
- Improving metabolic function
- Liver support
- Metabolic function / tonification
- Virility in men :: Impotence + loss of libido + erectile dysfunction +sexual anxiety
- Appetite suppressant
- Natural deodorant
In Chinese medicine, Pogostemon cablin plant parts have been used to remove dampness, relieve summer heat and exterior syndrome, and as an anti-emetic and appetite stimulant.
Patchouli plant parts are used in Chinese traditional formulae, including; Baoji Pill and Houdan Pill, which are used for treating inflammatory diseases. Plant parts can also be found in the preparations of Indian Ayurvedic treatments such as; Rasa [taste], Guna [virtue / excellence] and Virya [potency of a medicinal compound].
Patchouli Essential Oil For Skincare
- Oily skin
- Dry Cracked skin
- Wounds healing
- Reduces oxidative stress
- Scar healing
- Reducing wrinkles
- Reducing oily hair & dandruff
- Fungal infections
- Sun protection*
Research conducted in China has found that Patchouli Essential Oil, when diluted in a suitable carrier oil, such as Raspberry Seed Oil, can protect our skin from UV radiation. A number of rats were exposed to UV radiation, after which they treated the trial group with Patchouli Essential Oil. The control group were untreated. Findings showed that the group which received treatment had increased collagen and smoother skin than the control group.
Patchouli Essential Oil & Hormone Health
The Patchouli plant is also related to two other predominantly European herbal plants, which are used to make essential oils of equal importance to Lavender Essential Oil and Patchouli Essential Oil, especially in terms of their hormone regulating effects.
Progesterone & Testosterone
Thyme Essential Oil is a natural progesterone and Peppermint Essential Oil has been shown, in peer reviewed scientific studies, to reduce Testosterone levels in women, thereby mitigating the symptoms and expression of the condition PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
It is thought that as many as 20% of women have elevated Testosterone levels these days.
Lavender Essential Oil and Patchouli Essential Oil offer differing forms of hormonal support, with Patchouli Essential Oil being one of the preferred aromatherapy oils for hormone regulation by the hormone expert Dr. Patrick Flynn.
This may be because Patchouli Essential Oil is thought to support Thyroid function and because of it’s use by menopausal women to reduce hot flushes.
Patchouli Essential Oil is also thought to influence Oestrogen and Testosterone levels.
Patchouli Essential Oil For Metabolic Function
Patchouli Essential Oil has been shown to help support metabolic function and Liver health. Our Liver is the organ responsible for detoxing spent hormones.
Patchouli Essential Oil For Hormone Receptor Site Function
Patchouli Essential Oil is also one of several essential oils which helps restore hormone receptor site function.
*The Thyroid is seen as the master-controller of the hormone system, but hormone receptor site function is also profoundly important.
Sadly, many of us live in a largely polluted, synthetic environment where Oestrogen mimicking Xenoestrogens from diverse sources, such as; plastics in our food chain, till receipts and the chlorine in our water etc, all interfere with our natural hormone function. These Oestrogen mimicking Xenoestrogens force their way into our hormone receptor sites and then refuse to let go.
Phenol containing aromatherapy oils like Thyme Red Essential Oil are excellent for blasting these impostor synthetic Oestogens from our receptor sites, but are unable to repair the damage done when the Xenoestrogens first attached themselves.
This is where aromatherapy oils containing Sesquiterpenes, such as Patchouli Essential Oil, are exceptionally important as they help to repair our damaged hormone cell receptor sites.
Xenoestrogens are the main cause of damage to our hormone cell receptor sites, but heavy metals from amalgam fillings, polluted air, water, soil and food etc, are also responsible for damaging our hormone cell receptor sites also.
Aroma & Appearance Of Patchouli Essential Oil
Whilst it’s possible to distinguish aromatic differences between Patchouli Light Essential Oil and Patchouli Dark Essential Oil they still remain unmistakably similar. They both have beautifully complex musky, woody fragrances which are seductively earthy, sweet, and faintly herbaceous.
In terms of colour there is greater variance. Patchouli Light Essential Oil, as the name suggests is a much paler, more yellowy coloured oil, and Patchouli Dark Essential Oil is a much richer, deep amber colour.
Patchouli Dark Essential Oil is aromatically a more enduring aromatherapy oil which is ideal for use on leather clothing and bags in it’s undiluted form. Used in this way Patchouli Dark Essential Oil will leave a lingering scent for months, although it’s strength will dissipate during this time.
Whilst Patchouli Essential Oil is considered to have a shelf life of between 6 to 8 years, it is one of the rare essential oils which improves with age. Sandalwood Mysore Essential Oil is another aromatherapy oil which also does this.
Aroma & Appearance Of Patchouli Essential Oil
Whilst it’s possible to distinguish aromatic differences between Patchouli Light Essential Oil and Patchouli Dark Essential Oil, they still remain unmistakably similar. They both have beautifully complex musky, woody fragrances which are seductively earthy, sweet, and faintly herbaceous.
In terms of colour, there is greater variance. Patchouli Light Essential Oil, as the name suggests, is a much paler, more yellowy coloured oil, and Patchouli Dark Essential Oil is a much richer, deep amber colour.
Patchouli Dark Essential Oil is aromatically a more enduring aromatherapy oil, which is ideal for use on leather clothing and bags, in its undiluted form. Used in this way, Patchouli Dark Essential Oil will leave a lingering scent for months, although its strength will dissipate during this time.
Whilst Patchouli Essential Oil is considered to have a shelf life of between 6 to 8 years, it is one of the rare essential oils which improves with age. Sandalwood Essential Oil is another aromatherapy oil which also does this.
Patchouli Dark Essential Oil Blends Well With
Cedarwood Essential Oil + Clary Sage Essential Oil + Geranium Essential Oil + Frankincense Essential Oil + Lavender Essential Oil + Lemon Essential Oil + Lime Essential Oil + Myrrh Essential Oil + Orange Essential Oil + Rose Otto Essential Oil + Sandalwood Essential Oil + Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Cautions & Contraindications
Patchouli Essential Oil can affect blood clotting and thus should be avoided by the following people:
- People on blood-thinning medications
- Pre and post-operative surgery
- Haemophiliacs and those with other bleeding disorders
Wild As The Wind Patchouli Essential Oil
- INCI: Pogostemon cablin
- Plant Family: Lamiaceae
- Extraction Method: Steam distilled
- Parts Used: dried leaves
- Chemical Family: Sesquiterpenes / Sesquiterpenols
- Perfumery Note: Base
- Shelf Life: 6 – 8 years
- Origin: Indonesia
Wild As The Wind carry a number of Patchouli Essential Oils. Other options include:
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- Diluting to make body & bath oils (1% dilution)
- Using in your household first aid kit (average 2% dilution)
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- Diluting to make face oils (2% dilution)
- Formulating effective household cleaners & sanitisers (average 5% dilution)
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