Patchouli Leaf

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  • Pogostemon cablin
  • Origin: India
Patchouli Leaf

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Common Name

Standardized: patchouli
Other: guang huo xiang

Botanical Name

Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae

Synonyms

Pogostemon patchouly

Overview

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.

Parts Used

Dried leaves, and the essential oil

Typical Preparations

Essential oil, infusion of leaves as a tea (although rarely) in topical applications and as an incense.

Precautions

Specific: Not for internal use.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.