Getting Down to Essentials: Patchouli Essential Oil

The Hippie generation may have embraced Patchouli Oil because of its warm, dusky, earthy scent but well before the 1960s and 1970s, this essential oil was in high demand. The use of Patchouli Essential Oil dates back hundreds if not thousands of years. It’s said that King Tut arranged to have thousands of gallons of Patchouli Oil buried with him in his tomb.

Patchouli Essential Oil is distilled from the fresh or dried leaves and flowers of several species of tropical herbs, which are part of the mint family. The herb is originally from Southeast Asia but now is cultivated in Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines mainly for the production of its essential oil.

Healing benefits

Patchouli has a number of healing benefits. It is used to soothe inflammation, so it can be used for a range of skin problems, including dermatitis, acne and dried, cracked skin. It is considered helpful in preventing sagging skin. It also regenerates new skin cells.

In 2014, a study treated mice with Patchouli Oil for two hours and then exposed them to ultraviolet radiation, which can age and damage skin. The researchers found that mice treated with Patchouli Oil had less wrinkle formation and an increase in collagen content.[1]

Patchouli Essential Oil also is considered to have anti-inflammatory effects. Another study with mice found that Patchouli Oil reduced chemically induced swelling in their ears and paws. [2]

Relieves stress and depression

The oil is considered effective in relieving stress, anxiety and depression, producing a positive mental state. Its calming effect is very effective for relaxation and meditation.  It mixes well with many essential oils, with almost all common oils being mentioned across a variety of sources – these include Vetiver, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Jasmine, Rose, Citrus oils, Clary Sage, Lemongrass, Geranium and Ginger.[3]

Add peace and serenity to holiday treatments

One way to help your clients add some peace and serenity to their day is to offer them aromatherapy treatments that use Patchouli Oil. Among the BIOTONE products that feature the calming scent of this essential oil are BIOTONE Serenity Aromatherapy Massage Lotion, Inspiration and Sleep Well Essential Oil Blends and Peace Balancing Blend Essential Oil.

BIOTONE Serenity Aromatherapy Massage Lotion is made with a 100 percent essential oil blend of Lavender, Orange, Clary Sage, Litsea, Patchouli and Sweet Orange. It contains Jojoba, Avocado and Olive oils, known for their skin soothing benefits.  Shea and Mango butters give a luxuriously silky feel and smooth finish. This lotion is excellent for all massage modalities. It offers extended glide with less reapplications. A light, natural aroma helps to relax the body and revive the spirit.

Inspiration Essential Oil Blend is 100 percent pure. It features a blend of Orange, Tangerine and Patchouli essential oils. It rejuvenates creative energy.

Sleep Well Essential Oil Blend is 100 percent pure, containing a blend of Mandarin, Lavender, Ylang-Ylang and Patchouli essential oils. The blend instills a sense of comfort and calm.

Peace Balancing Blend Essential Oil is a blend of Lavender, Lime, Clary Sage and Patchouli
to provide a state of restful relaxation.




[1] “Patchouli Oil Benefits and Uses,” Healthline, Accessed March 15, 2022.

[2] Jia-Li Liang, Jia-Zhen Wu, Yu-Hong Liu, Zhen-Biao Zhang, Qi-Duan Wu, Han-Bin Chen, Yan-Feng Huang, Yao-Xing Dou, Jiang-Tao Zhou, Zi-Ren Su, Janis Ya-Xian Zhan, "Patchoulene Epoxide Isolated from Patchouli Oil Suppresses Acute Inflammation through Inhibition of NF-κB and Downregulation of COX-2/iNOS", Mediators of Inflammation, vol. 2017, Article ID 1089028, 14 pages, 2017.

[3] “Patchouli’s History and Use,” Incense Warehouse, Accessed March 15, 2022.