Patchouli Essential Oil Benefits, Uses, and Recipes

Patchouli Essential Oil, often associated with the earthy, free-spirited vibes of the ’60s and ’70s, has made a groovy comeback with its plethora of mind-body benefits and versatile uses. This aromatic treasure, derived from the leaves of the tropical plant Pogostemon Cablin, has a distinctive rich, musky-sweet fragrance. But let’s stroll past its hippie reputation and discover the magic it brings to skincare, aromatherapy, and wellness in this blog! Embrace the wonder of Patchouli Essential Oil and embark on an aromatic journey that transcends the test of time.

What is Patchouli Essential Oil?

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Extracted from the leaves of patchouli, a bushy, tropical herb from the Lamiaceae family native to Asia, through steam distillation, Patchouli Essential Oil has been cherished since the days of Cleopatra for its smoldering, earthy, and unmistakably enigmatic scent. But wait, there’s more! Not only does it charm your olfactory senses, but it also boasts many beneficial properties, such as balancing the skin’s oil production and soothing emotional turbulence. 

Patchouli Essential Oil Benefits

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Patchouli Essential Oil doesn’t just infuse your home with an earthy aroma; it acts as a dynamic deodorizer, too. And if we’re talking about benefits, let’s not forget its amazing antimicrobial activity. Research1 has shown that patchouli fights against pesky microbes and bacteria like a true botanical warrior.


Patchouli Essential Oil is also known for its detoxifying benefits. According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy2, it is traditionally used to help rid our skin of toxins by acting on the glands. 

Deters Insects

Patchouli Essential Oil also has some pretty practical applications in our modern lives. One of them is its famed insect-fighting abilities. Believe it or not, Patchouli has proven insecticidal and repellent properties according to a scientific study3. In simpler terms, it’s an all-natural way to deter insects!

Promotes Youthful Skin

Who would’ve thought that a little whiff of this plant-derived oil could transport us to the fountain of youth? With its antioxidant activity, as mentioned above, Patchouli works its charm on our skin by gracefully combating those signs of aging. Also, according to a study4, Patchouli Oil showed a significant decrease in wrinkle scores in patients. 

Promotes Rest

The sweet and earthy scent of Patchouli Essential Oil is like taking a walk through the woods on an autumnal day. A study5 demonstrated that it has sedative properties that help promote rest. 

Strengthens Hair

Patchouli Essential Oil has some seriously awesome hair-strengthening powers. Yup, you heard it right. This oil is the perfect ally when it comes to tackling those pesky dandruff flakes and getting a handle on your oily hair situation. In fact, a study6 even proved patchouli’s potential as an effective remedy for both issues.

Patchouli Essential Oil Uses + Recipes

Personal Care Recipes

If you’re one of those who fancy whipping up an aromatic concoction for some personal TLC, Patchouli Essential Oil deserves to be in your top-shelf collection. Its deodorizing properties are just the tip of the iceberg; patchouli is also your skin’s BFF, and don’t even get us started on its calming properties (hello, relaxation)!

Hair Care Recipes

Patchouli Essential Oil is also a fabulous addition to your hair care arsenal. Its incredible properties make it a key ingredient for whipping up some truly groovy hair care recipes.

Diffuser Blend Recipes

Patchouli Essential Oil is not just limited to being a stand-alone aromatic experience; it can spruce up any diffuser blend recipe with a touch of its unique charm. The versatile patchouli essential oil works harmoniously with other oils to create an environment that is nothing short of mesmerizingly relaxing. 

Other Aromatherapy Recipes

Whether you’re looking for a calming, fragrant addition to your DIY wellness regimen or simply to make your living room smell like a serene haven, this essential oil covers you. Try incorporating patchouli into a roll-on application or other passive diffusers to create your personal Zen ambiance.

Patchouli Essential Oil Blends Well With

Cedarwood Essential Oil (Atlas)

The sweet, earthy, and woody aroma of Patchouli Oil blends well with Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood (Atlas or Himalayan), Clove, Copaiba, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender (40/42 or Bulgarian), Myrrh, Neroli, Sweet Orange, Palmarosa, Sandalwood, and Vetiver Essential Oils.

Simply Earth Blends That Use This Oil

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B.O. Be Gone Blend

Aroma: Fresh & Floral

Introducing the B.O. Be Gone Essential Oil Blend – a true game changer that rescues you from those oh-so-dreadful body odor blues. This witty yet friendly blend harnesses the power of Patchouli not only to mask odors but to eliminate them completely, leaving you smelling fresh and feeling confident.

You can also try the prediluted version- B.O. Be Gone Essential Oil Roll-on that you can directly and safely apply on your pits.

Bug Fighter Blend

Aroma: Fresh

Bug Fighter Essential Oil Blend is the perfect concoction designed to protect you and your loved ones from those unwelcomed outdoor annoyances, all while keeping your abode naturally pest-free. Wave goodbye to harsh chemicals and perilous bug sprays, and say hello to a safe and enjoyable environment.

Check out Bug Fighter Essential Oil Roll-on for a handy version of this blend that you can bring with you in your outdoor activities.

Timber Blend

Aroma: Woody with Notes of Vanilla

Simply Earth Timber Essential Oil Blend possesses a distinctly masculine aroma, making it a top choice for spicing up any men’s DIY personal care products. Whether crafting a homemade aftershave or redefining your self-care routine, this blend is your go-to for bringing mother nature to your side.

Tranquility Blend

Aroma: Fresh and Fruity

Tranquility Essential Oil Blend is a fusion of Patchouli Essential Oil and other soothing oils designed to help you unwind and achieve the ultimate peace of mind.

Want to feel at peace anytime, anywhere? Always keep Tranquility Essential Oil Roll-On within your reach.

History of Patchouli Essential Oil

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Patchouli (Dark) comes from the word Pacholi, which means “to scent.” Throughout the British Empire, patchouli was packed with silks and cashmere from India to repel insects and protect the elegant fabrics.

What’s the Science Behind This Oil?

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Patchouli alcohol or Patchoulol is responsible for the typical patchouli scent, an important material in perfumery. Diverse beneficial activities have been reported regarding patchouli alcohol, including anti-influenza virus, anti-depressant, anti-nociceptive, vasorelaxation, lung protection, brain protection, anti-ulcerogenic, anti-colitis, pre-biotic-like, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and protective activities against metabolic diseases.


alpha-Bulnesene serves as a surfactant and an emulsifier in industrial and commercial applications.


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What Earthies Are Saying About It

Simply Earth & Pak Sugeng

If you’ve enjoyed using Simply Earth’s Patchouli Essential il, you can thank Pak Sugeng and his family in Central Java, Indonesia. Not only do they grow the plant with care, but they also take extra steps to ensure a high level of quality throughout the distilling process. Pak Sugeng and his family ensure that each bottle meets their standards, from lot tracking to sending the oil off for external quality checks. It’s easy to forget the makers behind our favorite products. Still, it’s worth remembering that Simply Earth’s Patchouli Essential Oil comes from a tight-knit family business that takes pride in caring for its home environment.

Things to Remember When Using This Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This oil is generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

This essential oil is safe to use with kids age 2+.

This essential oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on cats. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post.

This essential oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on dogs. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA


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  2. Tracey TieF, National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Detoxifying with Essential Oils. 2011 Jul
  3. Albuquerque EL, Lima JK, Souza FH, Silva IM, Santos AA, Araújo AP, Blank AF, Lima RN, Alves PB, Bacci L. Insecticidal and repellence activity of the essential oil of Pogostemon cablin against urban ants species. 2013 Sep
  4. Dwinna R,Retno Y, et al. Antiaging and Skin Irritation Potential of Four Main Indonesian Essential Oils. 2021
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