Patchouli oil comes from a plant in the labiatae family, which includes lavender, mint and sage. The plant is native to tropical regions of Asia, and is now extensively cultivated in China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mauritius, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Patchouli oil has been used for centuries in perfumes, and more in incense, insect repellents and alternative medicines. It’s also commonly used for skin care, and is often used in home remedies for acne, as well as for eczema, inflammation, and cracked, chapped or irritated skin. Believed to have cell-rejuvenating properties, it is often used in anti-aging skin care and to reduce the appearance of scars.
Patchouli oil is believed to have many benefits, such as: