The insecticidal and insect repellent properties of this oil have been known for many years, particularly as it was used in the protection of clothes and fabrics from insects. More health benefits of patchouli essential oil have been discovered and it is now one of the most versatile and celebrated essential oils on the market.
The essential oil of patchouli is extracted by steam distillation of the leaves of the Patchouli plant, whose botanical name is Pogostemon Cablin or Pogostemon Patchouli, depending on the species. The basic components of patchouli essential oil are alpha patchoulene, beta patchoulene, alpha guaiane, alpha bulnesene, caryophyllene, norpatchoulenol, patchouli alcohol, seychellene, and pogostol. The health benefits of patchouli essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic,aphrodisiac, stringent, cicatrizant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, sedative, and a tonic substance.