12 Awesome Benefits of Patchouli Oil

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Patchouli is a species of plant from the genus Pogostemon. It is a bushy herb plant of the family with erect stems. The plant reaches a height of about 2.5 feet and it has small, pale-pink white flowers. The plant is native to tropical regions of Asia, and is now extensively cultivated in China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, India, Maldives, Malaysia, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, South America and the Caribbean.  Patchouli pants seem to be relatively unknown at this point in time. The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves. This requires rupture of its cell walls by steam scalding, light fermentation, or drying. Any of these methods are effective in rupturing the plant’s cell walls.  The major chemical component of patchouli oil is patchoulol, a sesquiterpine alcohol. This maybe the reason for the plant’s strong scent. The plant thrives in warm climates but if it is exposed to direct sunlight it will wither. If the plant dries up because of  lack of water it will quickly recover when it rains.

The seed-producing flowers are very fragrant and blossom in late fall. You may be able to harvest the tiny seeds but they are very delicate and are easily crushed. Cuttings from the mother plant can be immersed in water and new plants can be grown from the cuttings being immersed. The strong scent of the patchouli plant has been used in perfumes for centuries; lately it has been used in bug repellents , incense, and alternative medicines. The reason it is used in alternative medicines was not given. For the purposes of essential oils the are harvested several times a year and they are exported for distillation when dried. Some experts say this is the best way to process the essential oil. Some sources claim a highest quality oil is usually produced from fresh leaves distilled close to where they are harvested;  others that boiling the dried leaves and fermenting them for a period of time is best. Experts obviously don’t agree on the best method for processing the patchoulol oil from the patchouli plant. The plant has many benefits; We will discuss some of them below.

1. Antiphlogistic

Unofficially this plant’s essential oil is supposed to be effective in treating inflammatory and other complications arising from fever. It has been known to actually reduce fever. Other benefits of the oil is that it will be effective in treating inflammatory and other skin ailments such as gout and arthritis. There really has been no solid evidence that it will help to cure gout or arthritis. There have been no studies referenced to support these benefits.

2. Active Antidepressant


If you inhale patchouli essential oil directly it may release certain pleasure hormones such as serotonin and  dopamine that will help the subject be happier and stay in a state of well-being. These assertions have by no means been proven to be true.

Why it may Work:

So it is said that patchouli oil can help with depression by calming the nerves. It may repel stress and sadness caused by the stress. These benefits fall more into the lines of folklore instead of being scientifically proven benefits. It is claimed that patchouli oil will help people with anger issues by calming them emotionally. It is supposed to be effective in aromatherapy. It will revive your spirit and give you inner peace. The oil is said to be good to activate certain hormones that will benefit the mind and the body.

3. Antiseptic

Patchouli is known to heal minor cuts and wounds

Patchouli is known to heal minor cuts and wounds. It is highly recommended to use it for these purposes and it will prevent infections from invading the cuts and wounds.


  • Dilute patchouli oil in any carrier oil of your choice (for example, almond oil) and apply directly on the affected area. It will prevent the development of infections or conditions like tetanus.
  • To heal skin-related problems, you can add patchouli oil to your regular oil and use it to massage the affected area. Or, you could add a few drops of the oil to your soap and use it every day.
  • To treat dandruff, add a few drops of patchouli oil to your unscented conditioner and massage your hair. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it off.

This is why it Works:

  • Patchouli’s antiseptic property makes it a great natural and safe alternative to prescription medicines that are used to treat wounds. This oil is much gentler on the skin (than prescription medicines) when it is used to treat minor cuts and wounds.
  • It also has antifungal characteristics that combat common fungal infections.
  • Patchouli oil may also treat skin conditions such as seborrhoea, acne, and dermatitis.
  • This oil is more cost-effective to use than prescription medications

4.  Flame down the Inflammation

As was stated before patchouli essential oil will help to treat inflammatory caused by fever. It will also will soothe the skin. Additionally, it will help you maintain healthy skin all over your body. It may protect the facial muscles from free radical damage. The type of damage that occurs in the aging process such as aging spots, wrinkles and age lines. It may keep the facial muscles from sagging. This falls right in line with its ability to tighten and tone facial muscles keeping the skin looking young for years.


  • Mix with any other body oil of your choice, and gently massage the affected areas.
  • Or, add a few drops to your bathwater and soak in it for some time after showering.

It will Work:

Since patchouli oil is capable of treating inflammation, it can be used to treat conditions like arthritis, tumor, and other skin-related issues.

5. Natural  Aphrodisiac

Many claim the oil has powerful aphrodisiac properties. It is suggested it will help with sexual issues such as: as impotency, erectile dysfunctions, sexual anxiety, frigidity, and disinterest in sex. It can be used by both men and women. These claims have not been actually tested or studied to be reliable benefits. This may be another folklore tale. It seems to simple of a solution to correct these complex sexual issues.


  • Take a few drops of patchouli oil in your palm along with a few drops of body oil and gently massage your body.
  • Or, add 8-10 drops of the oil in lukewarm bathwater and soak in it for some time.

If it Works:

Patchouli helps stimulate secretion of the hormones testosterone and estrogen in men and women respectively, which boost sex drive. Is there clinical support to prove these claims. Most likely not because studies conducted relating to sexual matters are never followed through or researched. These claims may or may not be taken seriously.

6. Cell Booster

patchouli essential oil is supposed to increased red and white blood cell counts

These sound like a far-fetched benefits but patchouli essential oil is supposed to increased red and white blood cell counts in the human body. It also increases blood circulation throughout the whole body. The increase in white blood cells will help the body fight pathogens; The greater levels of red blood cells will enhance digestion and other bodily functions.


Gently massage a few drops of patchouli oil diluted with baby oil all over your body. There is no studies to prove these claims are viable. It would be helpful to have some studies referenced to support the cell booster benefit.

If it Works:  

The cytophylactic property (preventing cells from bursting owing to osmotic imbalance or cytolysis, as well as increasing cellular activity) of patchouli oil ensures greater production of energy, increased blood circulation, as well as increased oxygen production and transportation to different cells in your body. The increased cell functionality by patchouli oil promotes improved growth of body cells. These are some serious claims that need to be scientifically proven by extensive cellular research. The benefits sound reasonable but there must be solid and practical scientific processes to support the assertions.

7.  Snuff the Stink

No one wants to stink walking through life. The last thing you want is to walk into a room full of people (especially friends and family) and watch them plug their noses;Then you watch them drop like flies because they cannot stand the aroma emanating from your body. This is where patchouli essential oil can help you. It has a strong pleasant scent that may mask body odor. It is said many cultures use this as a cologne for its strong, spicy, and musky smell. Hopefully the oil’s smell don’t bother you.


  • Add patchouli oil to a body oil of your choice, and apply it on your body.
  • Or, add a few drop of patchouli oil to your bathwater and soak in it after stepping out of the shower.

It will Work:

It absorbs the bad odor and its antimicrobial properties(An antimicrobial is an agent that kills microorganisms or stop their growth. Antimicrobial medicines can be grouped according to the microorganisms they act primarily against. For example, antibiotics are used against bacteria and antifungals are used against fungi.) prevent growth of bacteria which are caused due to perspiration. These bacteria are the source of the bad body odor. Note*However, it is recommended to use patchouli oil in a diluted form to avoid emitting an overpowering smell.

8. Definitely a Diuretic

Patchouli essential oil helps to stop the formation of kidney and gallbladderstones. Both conditions can be unbearably painful so, this benefit could be a greta relief for those at risk for these types of conditions. It may help fight gout as well as was mentioned earlier.


  • Add 8-10 drops of patchouli oil in your bathwater, and soak in it for some time.
  • Or, take 2-3 drops of the oil in your palm along with a few drops of body oil and gently massage your lower back and abdomen.

It Works:

  • The use of patchouli oil results in increased frequency of urination and the quantity of the urine. The increased urination prevents water retention and reduces chances of bloating.
  • It also leads to weight loss, lowering of blood pressure, increase in appetite, removal of toxins from the body, and the lowering of cholesterol levels).
  • Also, increased urination also removes excess salts and uric acid from your body.

9. Calm Down

It is a big claim-that this essential oil

It is a big claim-that this essential oil will soothe these conditions: epileptic attacks, convulsions, anxiety and headaches. Anxiety and headaches may be feasible but epileptic attacks and convulsions this is another story. It seems unlikely that a basic essential oil can help calm the effects of convulsions and epileptic attacks. Both serious conditions seem to be triggered in the brain. It is not known how this essential oil can help to alleviate these harmful brain functions. Treatment of these conditions would require a more complex medical plan than just applying essential oil to the symptoms. It also helps people who have insomnia and are robbed of a peaceful night of sleep.


  • Mix 10-12 drops of patchouli oil in your bathwater and soak in it for a while before you turn in for the night.
  • For allergies, take 2 drops of patchouli oil diluted with baby oil, on a cotton plug and dab it gently over the affected areas.

If it Works:

Patchouli oil soothes inflammation and has sedating effects due to which it is quite beneficial in soothing hypersensitive and hyperactive nerves. But soothing epileptic attacks and convulsions is very hard to substantiate because there is no scientific studies that have been conducted to validate these findings. These two particular benefits are sorely lacking in clinical support.

10. Metabolism Enhancer   

As unlikely as this may seem, patchouli essential oil is able to help boost metabolic functions in the body. Patchouli oil, thus, helps in the growth and development of your body by increasing functioning of your body cells. How it can help in the growth and development of cells is not known. The chemicals or compounds contained in this oil aren’t listed; So to explain how these compounds may help in cell and body development is not known at this time. These benefits are not proven and they may be true or not. There may be no scientific support to substantiate these benefits.


Mix a few drops of patchouli oil in your bathwater and soak in it.

If it Works:

It stimulates the liver and stomach to function actively. The active liver and stomach enzyme secretions increase your metabolic rate and initiate active digestion of food and easier production of energy. The association between patchouli essential oil and its ability to stimulate liver and stomach functions is not a clear one. How the oil activates the liver and stomach enzymes is ambiguous at best at this point in time.

11. I Feel Good

aromatherapy because it has the ability to uplift the human mood and help the body relax

As mentioned before the oil is used in aromatherapy because it has the ability to uplift the human mood and help the body relax. It is said to have effective antidepressant properties.


  • You could directly inhale patchouli oil from the bottle.
  • Or, take a few drops of patchouli oil in your hand along with a few more drops of baby oil and cup your hand over your nose and mouth.
  • Another option is to diffuse patchouli oil several times through the day.

Reasons why It Works:

The oil’s fragrance stimulates the secretion of the hormones serotonin and dopamine (as mentioned before) that have on the potential to help in the curing of a number of conditions related to mental health. The calming and sedative qualities of patchouli oil helps ease distress caused due to anxiety, pain, or stress.

12. Natural Insect Repellent

Patchouli oil has been used as an insecticide since forever. (we talked about this use earlier) Even though it has a sweet smell, it is extremely effective in driving away insects like termites from your home. This is a first that an essential oil can be used as an effective insect repellent. It has never been recorded before that an essential oil can drive termites from the home because of its powerful scent. This is also the reason patchouli oil is used in body lotions, sprays, vaporizers, fumigants, and also diluted in the water that is used to wash clothes.


  • Mix with water and use the mixture to wash clothes.
  • Add a few drops to your fumigant before spraying around the house.

Give it a Try:

The oil bottle can either be kept in a corner of your room or the oil could be burnt to keep the fragrance around for long. As long as the fragrance lingers, it will keep the insects away.

Final Conclusion

patchouli oil may provide. Some of the benefits are reasonable

Listed above are twelve benefits that patchouli oil may provide. Some of the benefits are reasonable and may have some merit. Others seem unbelievable and unreasonable because there just is no logical facts or research to support these claims. Anyway, try any or all of these benefits of patchouli essential oil and see if they will work for you. It is our hope that the above information will improve the quality of your life. Give these suggestions a shot.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.