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Patchouli Leaf - Rough Cut

Organically Grown - Kauai, Hawaii 

Botanicaly Name: Pogostemon cablin

Most people know patchouli as the incense scent from the Sixties, when it seemed to be every flower child's favorite perfume. The scent has a reputation as an aphrodisiac, and is said to attract the opposite sex. It's slightly musty, pungent smell is unmistakable and pervasive, and it was often used as a fixative for other scents, or to mask more objectionable scents.

Most people, however, are not aware of the other uses of patchouli. The furry-leafed shrub grows to about four feet, but can be grown as a houseplant throughout the world if you avoid the cold. Over the centuries, patchouli has had numerous medicinal uses.

A Little History of Patchouli

Both the leaves and the oil of patchouli have a variety of purposes throughout history. In its native Malaysia, it was once used as a medicinal treatment. Moreover, Chinese silk traders used its dried leaves during the 18th century to repel moths away from their treasured cloths. In fact, patchouli has been known to prevent female moths from mating with their male counterparts.

Europeans soon began associating the strong aroma with the lavish goods that were pouring in from the exotic East. It became a symbol of luxury and the chosen scent in linen boxes used by Queen Victoria.

The strong, musty aroma is easy to identify. It’s pungent, inescapable, and is believed to attract the opposite sex. Not only is it valued in Asian incense, but it also became highly popular during the hippie movement of 1960s and 1970s. Patchouli was the favorite fragrance of flower children all across Europe and North America.

Medically, Patchouli is antibacterial and anti fungal. Used long ago in the Far East, Patchouli was used to treat nausea, headaches, colds and even venomous snake bites. Patchouli has also been known as a skin toner and to be effective in treating acne and eczema.

The plant's anti fungal properties also render it a natural insecticide and makes a great preventative plant for your garden. Ancient Chinese silk traders used to pack Patchouli leaves within the folds of their silk cargoes to prevent damage from moths. Try using Patchouli in your drawers and attics instead of toxic mothballs!

Disclaimer - The information presented herein by Mountain Maus’ Remedies is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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