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Patchouli’s genus name comes from the Hindustani words for “leaf” and “green.” The bright green leaves of this bushy plant are large and fuzzy, and the white flowers have a hint of purple. Native to tropical Asia, patchouli was used medicinally throughout Asia and the Middle East. Arabian travelers stuffed pillows with patchouli leaves for protection against illness as well as to promote longevity. Patchouli gained notice in Europe during the early 1800s from the sachets that were tucked into shipments of handmade shawls to protect them from insects during their passage from India. This fragrance was the hallmark of authentic Indian silks, and more than a century later it became the scent for the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s.
Oil and Blending Information:
Patchouli leaves are steam-distilled, producing an amber or dark orange oil. It has a rich, herbaceous-earthy scent that gets stronger and deeper as it ages.
Strength : 4
Scent Group : woody
Grounding yet enlightening, patchouli aids in transcending boundaries and connecting with the Otherworld. Associated with spirituality, patchouli fosters growth and is ideal for blessings. This oil is especially supportive for clairvoyance and divination. Use it for magic, especially when defense is needed as it provides strong psychic protection. It is known for increasing the power of spells and breaking hexes; however, if patchouli is used to place a hex, it will backfire. Employ it to attract love, prosperity, and money, as well as for purification and renewal. Patchouli’s earthiness intensifies the senses, increasing fertility and lust. Known for engendering happiness, it dispels negativity and brings peace to the home. This oil can help manifest your wishes and bring success. Patchouli also aids in communicating with spirits as well as banishing them. It sharpens the mind for gaining knowledge, working out problems, and enhancing creativity. When dealing with the death of a loved one, patchouli helps to hold on to memories as well as release bonds that may keep a spirit from moving on to the next world. Patchouli is also associated with justice, luck, passion, and purpose.
Zodiac : Aquarius, Capricorn, Scorpio, Taurus, Virgo
Solar System : Mars, Saturn
Elements : air, earth
Celebration : Samhain
Goddess : Modron