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Candle ingredients: Patchouli Oil - Down to Earth

The insecticidal and insect repellent properties of this oil have been known for many years, particularly as it was used in the protection of clothes and fabrics from insects. More health benefits of patchouli essential oil have been discovered and it is now one of the most versatile and celebrated essential oils on the market.

The essential oil of patchouli is extracted by steam distillation of the leaves of the patchouli plant, whose botanical name [1] is Pogostemon cablin or Pogostemon patchouli, depending on the species. The basic components of patchouli essential oil are alpha patchoulene, beta patchoulene, alpha guaiane, alpha bulnesene, caryophyllene, norpatchoulenol, patchouli alcohol, seychellene, and pogostol.

Relieves Depression

This oil works great [2] for people suffering from depression. It helps them to get over the feelings of sadness or loss and fills them with new hope. That is why patchouli essential oil is so frequently used in aromatherapy. It uplifts the mood, drives away disappointment, and relaxes tension in a majority of people. This is due to the impact that inhaling patchouli essential oil has on the hormones and various chemical reactions in the body and mind. By stimulating the release of pleasure hormones like serotonin and dopamine, feelings of anxiety, anger, and sadness simply disappear.

Eliminates Bad Odor

The strong sweet, spicy, and musky aroma of this essential oil eliminates or masks body odor. However, it should be used in a diluted form as the aroma of patchouli oil might be very strong to some people’s olfactory senses. It remains a popular oil to use as a cologne in many demographics. Some people find the smell wonderful, while others are somewhat irritated by its distinctive aroma.

Kills Insects

As mentioned earlier, the insecticidal property [11] of patchouli oil was recognized all the way back in ancient times. Despite smelling sweet, it is very effective at keeping insects at a distance. It is frequently used in sprays, body lotions, fumigants, vaporizers, and incense sticks. It can also be mixed with water to wash clothes and bed linen to drive away mosquitoes, ants, bed bugs, lice, fleas, flies, and moths. Only a few drops are required to keep insects away or you can also burn the oil in a room and have the effects last even longer. However, be careful about burning the oil inside, as its distinct smell can quickly seep into your fabric and furniture.

Sedates Hypersensitivity

It soothes inflammation and sedates convulsions, cough, and epileptic attacks resulting from hypersensitivity or hyper-reactivity of the nerves. It can also stop breakouts due to allergies by sedating the hypersensitivity of the body towards certain elements. Patchouli essential oil has antidepressant and sedative qualities, which are good for relaxing the body by promoting a healthy and restful night of sleep. Reducing the signs of insomniaand getting a full night’s sleep can improve your cognitive function, metabolic rate, and mood.

 

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