The Patchouli essential oil has many health benefits which can be contributed to its properties as tonic, sedative, insecticide, fungicide, febrifuge, diuretic, deodorant, cytophylactic, cicatrisant, astringent, aphrodisiac, antiseptic, antiphlogistic and antidepressant substance. The insect repellent and insecticidal properties of the Patchouli essential oil have been known for years and it was used in the protection of fabrics and clothes from insects. As the time has passed, there are new health benefits which were discovered. This type of essential oil has sweet aroma which can be strong and unpleasant for some people. We should be careful when are using too much or smelling too strongly of this oil because the aroma can be irritating for you.
Here are some health benefits of Patchouli essential oil
Tonic: This essential oil tones up the whole body. It optimizes metabolic functions such as absorption of nutrients and decomposition of food by toning up the liver, intestines and stomach which means that it can help you to grow stronger and healthier. Also it takes care of proper excretion. It regulates the endocrinal secretions of enzymes and hormones. It tones up the nervous system which is making you more active and alert. Patchouli essential oil boosts your immune system which means that it protects you from different range of infections.
Sedative: Patchouli essential oil soothes inflammation and sedates epileptic attacks, coughs and convulsions that result from hypersensitivity or hyper – reactivity of the nerves. Also it can stop breakouts due to allergies by sedating the hypersensitivity of the body toward certain elements. Patchouli oil is a sedative and antidepressant substance which can relax your body and give you healthy and restful night of sleep. When you reduce the signs of insomnia and when you get a full night’s sleep, then this can improve your mood, metabolic rates and cognitive function.
Insecticide: This property of the Patchouli essential oil has been recognized since ancient times. It has sweet smell. Also it is a very effective home remedy for keeping the insects at a healthy distance. Patchouli essential oil is frequently used in vaporizers, fumigants, body lotions, spays and incense sticks. Also it can be mixed with water to wash bed linen and clothes to drive away moths, flies, fleas, lice, beg bugs and mosquitoes. You only need a few drops of this essential oil to keep insects away. Also you can burn the oil in a room and have the effects last even longer. You should be careful when you are burning this oil inside because it has distinct smell which can quickly seep into furniture and fabric.
Fungicide: This essential oil is very effective at inhibiting fungal growths and infections. Also it can provide you protection from some notorious infections such as Athlete’s Foot. Fungal infections can be serious, especially when they are attacking our respiratory system through inhalation. This is very valuable essential oil because it can keep your body fully protected.
Febrifuge: When you have a fever, then this essential oil can reduce the body temperature because it is fighting against the infections which cause the fever. Also it is antiphlogistic which means that it relieves the inflammation that is caused by fever which simultaneously helps to bring down the fever because the fever can be reduced to some point if the inflammation and pain associated with fever are eliminated.
Diuretic: Patchouli essential oil can increase the quantity of urine and the frequency of urination. This will remove the toxins from your body, lower cholesterol, increase appetite, lower blood pressure and helps you to lose weight. Urination removes uric acid, unnecessary salt and excess water which can reduce your chances of developing kidney stones and gallbladder stones as well as forming conditions like gout.
Deodorant: It has musky, spicy and sweet aroma which can eliminate or mask body odor. This oil should be used in a diluted form because it can have a very strong aroma to some people’s olfactory senses. It is used as a cologne in many cultures.