Patchouli leaves (cut) - Pogostemom cablin
- from India. Patchouli has a deep, intense, woody fragrance. (a.k.a patchouly)
In India, people use patchouli on valuable clothing and carpets to repel moths. The famous Indian cashmere shawls were delicately scented by being stored in wooden containers aromatized with patchouli oil. The Arabs took large quantities of patchouly with them on pilgramages, stuffing it into mattresses and pillows to ward off contagious disease.
In the U.S. patchouli was very popular with the hippie culture of the 1960's.
Patchouli has excellent fixative properties and mixes very well with vetiver, sandalwood and myrrh.
Synonyms: patchouly, Pogostemon patchouli
Origin: native to India, Indonesia and Malaysia, now grown throughout Asia
Parts Used: for making incense use the essential oil (aged oils are better) - the fermented dried leaves have a foul odor when directly burned. Dried patchouli leaves can work well on incense stoves which allow adjusting either the heat intensity or the distance away from the flame so it doesn't burn at all
Aroma Description: deep, rich, intense, sweet, herbaceous, spicy, woody balsamic
Emotional Attributes: cleansing/purifying, relaxing, strengthening, sensuous, sleep
Cosmetic Uses: Perfumery, aromatherapy, potpourri; creams, lotions, oils, toiletries, etc.
Culinary Uses: used in breath fresheners, and in the commercial food industry
Medicinal Attributes: an astringent, antiseptic, warming herb that acts as a diuretic,, lowers fever, improves digestion, controls vomiting and has both a tonic and sedative effect on the nervous system.
Element Association: Earth
Magical Associations: protection, prosperity
Astrological Association: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius
Planetary Association: Saturn
Season: Autumn, Winter
Aromatic Note: Base note
Essential Oil: Yes, a steam distilled essential oil is made. The cell walls of the leaves must first be ruptured before distilling, this is done by controlled light fermentation with superheated steam or by stacking the leaves in bales and curing them. The essential oil gets much better with age.
A resinoid is also made from a concrete created by using hydrocarbon solvents on the dried leaves.
Mixes Well With: benzoin, borneol camphor, calamus, cassia, cedar-red, clove, iris root, labdanum, lavender, musk seeds, mugwort, myrrh, nutmeg, opoponax, pine needles, rhubarb, rose, sandalwood, spikenard, tolu balsam, valerian root, vetiver, neroli, bergamot, geranium, etc.
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Per ounce (28 grams) $3.95
Per 4 ounces (112 grams) $15.00
Per half pound (224 grams) $28.50
Per pound (448 grams) $53.00 Save 20%!
See also our aged Patchouli