Due to its distant odor, most people will claim to either love or hate Patchouli. But, maybe our nose shouldn’t be the final decision maker. Patchouli is known as a general tonic with an ability to inhibit microbial growth (due to its alcohol constituent, patchoulol) and is very beneficial to the skin. It helps prevent wrinkles, chapping and relieves itching. This makes it suitable to use for various skin conditions, dandruff, insect bites, and hives.
Patchouli can also be used for congestion, weight maintenance, fluid retention and cellulite support. Furthermore, it is soothing to digestion, a decongestant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. These are all very good reasons to not ignore this very fragrant oil. Also, the fragrance itself is said to be sedating and calming and may have some influence on sexual energy.
Patchouli consists of over 24 different sesquiterpenes. These sesquiterpenes have been found to have the ability to cross the blood brain barrier and to erase the mis-programmed information. Bringing blood and oxygen to the brain along with changing our perceptual programming could by why it is so useful in supporting a healthy appetite, and easing stress.
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