MALAVARA UNCOVERED - why we use Patchouli Essential Oil and what it can do for you

MALAVARA UNCOVERED - why we use Patchouli Essential Oil and what it can do for you

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 one of these - Patchouli - and discuss what it can do for you.

  • Botanical Name           Pogostemon cablin
  • Aroma                          Earthy, woody, rich, exotic
  • Aromatic Note             Base
  • Uses                             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’ and has been used for centuries, most notably as an ingredient of incense, but rose to prominence during the 1960’s 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? A “Sweet and Deep” Sugar Scrub recipe. We’ve used this recipe, created by Andrea Butje, for a skin scrub and love the gentle exfoliation. The avocado oil absorbs easily and deeply into the skin, 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

Treat yourself! If you like this oil then head over to Malavara and check out our Lime Vetiver range!

How can I make sure I am using Essential Oils safely?: An understanding of the use of Essential Oils is key. Most people will never experience a negative reaction to essential oils but it can happen and there is nothing we can do to guarantee 100% safety. We have highlighted some guidelines to follow to help minimize the risk in a separate blog, but if you are regularly making your own blends for yourself, your family and others it is worth investing a copy of the “Essential Oil Safety” by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young for a greater understanding across 400 oils and over 200 constituents

And another thing..Patchouli Essential Oil Safety Information: Tisserand and Young write that Patchouli Oil may inhibit blood clotting and pose a drug interaction hazard. Read Tisserand and Young's full profile (see below) on this oil for the full lowdown

Want to learn more?

  • “The Heart of Aromatherapy” by my teacher and founder of the Aromahead Institute, Andrea Butje. Buy it here
  • “Essential Oil Safety” Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, 2nd edition 2014
  • “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” Valerie Ann Worwood

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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