Other: guang huo xiang
Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Most people know patchouli as the ever popular incense scent from the Sixties, when it seemed to be every flower child's favorite perfume. The scent has a reputation as an aphrodisiac, and is said to attract the opposite sex. It's slightly musty, pungent smell is unmistakable and pervasive, and it was often used as a fixative for other scents, or to mask more objectionable scents.
Most people, however, are not aware of the other uses of patchouli. The furry-leafed shrub grows to about four feet in its native Malaysia, but can be grown as a houseplant throughout the world if you avoid the cold.
Dried leaves, and the essential oil
Essential oil, infusion of leaves as a tea (although rarely) in topical applications and as an incense.
Specific: Not for internal use.
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