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This page contains information on patchouli and how it is used as a herb
in alternative herbal treatments to treat ailments and problems, such as
weeping eczema and cracked chapped skin.
* Botanical classification of patchouli
* Description of patchouli
* Parts used
* Properties of patchouli
* Internal use
* External use
* Use of essential oil
* Safety precautions and warnings
It is a bushy perennial herb, growing up to 1 meter tall, with white
flowers and a noticeable scent.
The fresh or dried leaves are used, as well as the essential oil.
Internally, it is taken to combat colds, fever, nausea, headaches,
vomiting and diarrhea.
The main active ingredients are contained in the oil found in the plant
material, which contains monoterpene and sesquiterpenes including
patchouli alcohol (patchoulol) and dhelwangin, as well as
phenylpropanoids (eugenol, and benzaldehyde).
Therapeutic uses weeping eczema
* *Internal use*
o Patchouli is used externally for the effect it has on skin
infections, eczema (specially weeping eczema), acne, chapped
skin, hemorrhoids, as well as varicose veins.
o It is use for bad breath and halitosis in a gargle.
o It is also taken internally (leaves) as an aphrodisiac and is
used in both Chinese and Indian medicine.
* *External use*
o It can be used for inflamed and itching skin.
* *Aromatherapy and essential oil use*
o The heavy essential oil of patchouli will "ground" and sharpen
the wit of the person treated. It will relieve anxiety as well
o In the body, it helps to remove excess water, is useful for
cellulite removal, as well as having good deodorizing properties.
o On the skin, patchouli is of great help since it promotes cell
rejuvenation, tightening of loose skin and heals wounds and
sores, while sorting out rough, cracked skin.
o The oil also has good insect repelling properties and is used to
o It has antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac,
astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic,
febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, sedative and tonic properties.
Safety precautions and warnings cracked chapped skin
The essential oil of patchouli is well tolerated, but its heavy
fragrance indicates use in low dosage.
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