Oh hey, Patchouli!!
Now I know what you're thinking, because I was thinking it too, and then I discovered all it's magical beauty. Most people have a very distinct impression when the smell Patchouli which may never go away, however we thought it was still important for us to shed a little light on all the amazing benefits Patchouli has for skin.
Patchouli has an interesting history that may surprise you. Although these days it's associated with Hippies, it actually started off as the scent of the affluent. Many, many, many, years ago Patchouli was used by silk traders as an insect repellent. Silk traders packed their rugs, fabrics, Etc with dried Patchouli leaves to keep moths from laying eggs and eating away at the fabrics.
Since the wealthy were the ones purchasing these luxuries; Patchouli's earthy and musky aroma infused these expensive fabrics and became associated with wealth.
The plant itself is a member of the Mint family and native to Asia, therefore it wasn't well known throughout most of the world and its fragrance was well sought after. After the plant was identified it made its way around the world and eventually became the scent of free loving hippies completely redefining it.
Nowadays people have a very strong reaction to Patchouli's spicy aroma. The reason the scent was adopted by the free love movement was because of its deodorant properties. Yup, you read that right. This generation discovered that they could maintain their personal cleanliness with the oil. Unfortunately for Patchouli and the Hippies, people associated hippies with being, ahem.....let's just say not so cleanly. Like so many things during that time, both of Patchouli and the Hippies were misunderstood, but at their core they were different and went against the mainstream. Looks like we should have being paying closer attention.
So before you blow off Patchouli for good. Here are a few skin benefits that may just have you singing a different tune.
Dry chapped skin
Fine lines & wrinkles
And that's just for the skin!! Patchouli also has antiseptic, anti inflammatory, hair growth properties, combats dandruff, a natural diuretic, and so much more!
HOW TO USE PATCHOULI
Incorporating Patchouli Essential Oil into your skin care routine can be quite simple. First and foremost always start with an authentic and genuine essential oil. You can find out how to shop for oils in our blog, How essential is that essential oil, it will go through all the things you should look for when purchasing essential oils.
Secondly always dilute your Essential Oil of choice in a base oil or carrier oil (Coconut, Almond, Olive, etc.) A carrier oil is any vegetable oil, because Essential Oils are so concentrated it needs a carrier oil to aid in proper distribution. Applying an Most Essential Oils directly to your skin can actually be too strong and burn your skin. There are so exceptions but it's always best to dilute them into a carrier oil before application.
Here are a few ways to boost your skin care routine with Patchouli:
Add a few drops to your favorite oil and massage into your face & neck to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
Add a few drops to your favorite oil and apply to scars or insect bites
Add a few drops to castor or Argan oil and massage into scalp as conditioner, leave in for 1-2 hours to moisturize scalp, prevent dandruff, and promote hair growth( not skin related but it's always good to throw in some hair care tips)
Mix Patchouli, Lavender, and Frankincense, into Almond oil to make a body Oil to use after the shower. This combination smells amazing and in addition to moisturizing the skin, it soothes and can reduce the appearance of cellulite, who doesn't love that!!
So give Patchouli a try! Sure it's aroma make take some getting used to but the results are totally worth it. Those Hippies were definitely onto something. They taught us to go our own way, be yourself, and don't knock Patchouli until you try it!!!
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