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Patchouli essential oil has an aroma that is rich and earthy.
Common Name: Patchouli, Dark
Plant Part: Leaves & Stems
Form: Essential Oil
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Synonyms: Pogostemon patchouly Pellet.,patchouly, puchaput
Origin: The South East Asia-China border region is probably the center of origin, and the Philippines a modern center of domestication and dispersal. Oil is produced in Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, South America, India, China.
Botanical Description: An aromatic, herbaceous, perennial shrub up to 1-meter (4ft) high. It has erect, hairy stems with fragrant large green furry leaves and small white-pink tubular flowers. Dried patchouli leaves are brownish-yellow. Plant is highly aromatic.
Method of Extraction: Essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the properly dried plants. The oil is a dark orange to brownish viscous and sticky liquid. Yield 1.5 to 3%.
Aroma Profile: Patchouli's top note is a wine-like yet elusive floral. The middle note is very rich, sweet, herbaceous, aromatic, spicy, woody and balsamic. The dry out note is sweet and very tenacious.
Major Constituents: patchouli alcohol (30%), ¨¢-bulnesene (20%), ¨¢-guaiene (15%), seychellene (8%), ¨¢-patchoulene, ¦Â-patchoulene, ¦Â-caryophyllene.
Common Adulterants: Cedarwood oil, vetiver residues, copaiba balsam
Regulatory Status: Food additive FDA 121.1163. 172.510
Aroma Benefits: exotic, romantic, sensual, soothing
Blends Well With: Sandalwood, vetiver, geranium, neroli, cedarwood, bergamot, jasmine, lavender, rose, cassia, myrrh, clary sage, lavandin, clove, cinnamon
Safety Data: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing
Directories: Essential Oils
Description: Patchouli essential oil has an aroma that is rich and earthy.