The Efficacious Charm of Patchouli

Originating in the Indian subcontinent, Patchouli has been used in fragrances since times immemorial. It began its journey in Ayurveda more than 5000 years ago, thanks to its anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-depressant and insect repellent properties.

This bushy herb is home to the mint family and its multifarious use makes it immemorial in history.

Patchouli is derived from the Tamil word - Pacchilai. Pacchai means ‘green’ and Ilai means ‘leaf’. While it was popular in Ayurveda for ages, it was not until the advent of the Arabs in India that its usage began in fragrances. The extraction of Patchouli oil from the dried leaves and young twigs (via the renowned Arab distillation process), brought the Patchouli essential oil to life...and it instantly became a hit!

Historically, Indians used Patchouli leaves to wrap linens and shawls that were exported to Britain in the 1800s. This was done for two reasons: to act as a germ-killing agent and to also generate a unique aroma. It’s perhaps then that it began to emerge globally.

Amongst its varied use, Patchouli also acts as a critical agent in scenting Indian inks. Besides that, its essential oil also holds grave significance in Indian religious customs. To this date, it is said to ward off evil powers, negativity and pessimism.

Tribals in India primarily use it to keep away mosquitoes, treating snake/insect bites and stings from other animals. Patchouli Oil is also known to alleviate stress and treat depression.

Patchouli as a fragrance is heady and earthy. Its odour is said to be powerful than any other essential oil obtained from plants. Its sweet, earthy aroma creates a sultry and sophisticated blend, making it a natural aphrodisiac. Its oil is majorly produced in India and it blends well with other fragrance oils such as Sandalwood, Vetiver, Jasmine, Lavender, amongst others.

The Efficacious Charm of Patchouli is second to none. If you’re not a fan of this miracle herb already, then let us help you discover it in a bespoke fragrance at 3003BC!

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