The Many Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil
Essential oils continue to become more and more popular -- and with more science behind the benefits. Today, we are going to enjoy an in-depth look at Patchouli Essential Oil.
Patchouli (Pogostemon Cablin) is distilled from patchouli leaves and features an earthy, warm, musky aroma. You may even detect some light fruit notes from this oil. This is one of those oils that people either tend to love or hate when used on its own. Even people who swear that they could never enjoy its distinctive scent may find that become fans when blended with other oils! Plus, there are so many health and skin care benefits that you will not want to overlook this one.
The Health Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil
- Patchouli Essential Oil may help promote sleep, according to a preliminary study published in the Journal of Natural Medicines.
- Patchouli is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal, per a study published in Microbios.
- Commonly used for meditation, Patchouli is considered a grounding oil and may have anti-depressant qualities.
The Skin Care Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil
- Patchouli may help to alleviate symptoms associated with eczema and dandruff.
- This oil is skin balancing, making it helpful for both oily and dry skin types.
- Anti-aging properties are associated with Patchouli.
- Patchouli may help prevent mosquito bites by acting as a bug repellent, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Blending Ideas for Patchouli Essential Oil
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My 25 year background in skin care has shown me just how important protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays truly is. I practice what I preach. I wear sunscreen. I moisturize. I remove my makeup at night.
I am human, though, and I make mistakes. Yesterday was one of those days. It was unusually hot here. I finished up my work after lunch and noticed that the outside temperature was 96 degrees. I was skimming the pool and made sure to put on more sunscreen before jumping in.
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I cannot change yesterday’s mistake, but I can help alleviate the pain and I thought I would share how you can, too, should you finding yourself in need of some sunburn relief.