MALAVARA UNCOVERED | Patchouli Essential Oil

MALAVARA UNCOVERED | Patchouli Essential Oil

Our signature Lime Vetiver fragrance blends 10 incredible essential oils to create notes that are rich with the heritage of India. Here we look in-depth at Patchouli essential oil and discuss its uses and benefits.

Botanical Name: Pogostemon cablin

Aroma: Earthy, woody, rich, exotic

Aromatic Note: Base

Benefits: Regulates oily skin, acne and inflammation, grounds and balances emotions, helps fight depression.

Did you know? Patchouli comes from the Hindustan word “pacholi” meaning 'to scent’. It has been used for centuries, most notably as an ingredient of incense, but rose to prominence during the 1960s hippy culture in the United States.

The Patchouli plant is part of the mint or deadnettle family, which also includes lavender, mint and sage. The essential oil is harvested by steam distillation of the leaves, either when at their freshest close to harvest, or when dried and fermented.

What is it used for? Therapeutically, Patchouli essential oil has a wide variety of uses alongside its scent. It has a deeply moisturising effect and is often used in aromatherapy treatments to help restore dry and tired skin.

Will I like it? Aromatically it is rich, exotic and earthy and improves with age. Emotionally, it is known for its grounding and restorative effects to relieve anxiety and stress and spiritually, its tranquil qualities are often used in prayer and meditation.

How can I use it? We’ve used this recipe created by renowned Aromatherapist Andrea Butje for a Sweet and Deep” Sugar Scrub and love the gentle exfoliation! The avocado oil absorbs easily and deeply into the skin and the sugary texture scrubs while the essential oils cleanse and heal.

You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 3 oz (84g) brown sugar
  • 1 oz (30 ml) avocado oil
  • 10 drops vetiver
  • 10 drops patchouli
  • 10 drops Roman chamomile

Put the brown sugar into a 4oz PET plastic jar. Blend the avocado oil and essential oils in a separate bowl. Pour the oil mixture into the brown sugar and stir with the handle of a stainless steel spoon.

Malavara Uncovered | Patchouli Essential Oil

How can I make sure I am using Essential Oils safely? An understanding of the use of Essential Oils is key. You should check out our Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for tips and resources on the safe use of essential oils! If you are regularly making blends for yourself and others, it is worth investing in  Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young for a greater understanding across 400 oils and over 200 constituents.

Safety Information: Tisserand and Young write that Patchouli may inhibit blood clotting and pose a drug interaction hazard. Read Tisserand and Young's full profile on this oil for the complete breakdown.

Before you go, make sure you check out our Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for important guidelines on the safe use of essential oils!

    Disclaimer: Before you make any recipe, check the shelf lives of your ingredients and any safety concerns for the essential oils. These blend suggestions are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition and should be used on the understanding that Malavara accepts no responsibility for any adverse reactions caused as a result of following these recipes.



    Alexandra Turner, better known as Alix, is the co-founder of Malavara. Having spent 15 years working with European Luxury Goods brands, Alix's passion for wellness, aromatherapy and travel led her to India and Ayurveda. Alix lives in London and keeps busy with a day job, a toddler and our exciting Malavara journey.

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