Medicinal Properties of Patchouli
Patchouli, also known as Patchuli, is a medicinal herb from the mint family that can be used to improve the appearance of the skin, reduce abdominal discomfort and nausea, relieve pain or reduce stress and anxiety.
The scientific name of this plant isPogostemon cablin, and its flowers can be used in the preparation of essential oils, teas or tinctures.
What is Patchouli for?
This medicinal plant can be used for different purposes, which include:
- Improves the appearance of the skin, helping to care for rough and aged skin;
- Helps in the treatment of skin problems such as cellulite, eczema, nasturtium, acne, dermatitis or mycoses;
- Helps in the treatment of various stomach problems such as abdominal pain or discomfort, gastritis, nausea or poor digestion;
- Relieves several pains in general such as muscle spasms, headache, colic or angina pectoris;
- It helps to relax and calm, relieving agitation, irritability, insomnia, stress and anxiety.
In addition, its oil is widely used to fix fragrances and aromas in the area of perfumery, and can also be used to mask unwanted smells.
In general, Patchouli's properties include a bactericidal, antifungal, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, anti-allergic, healing, sedative, hypotensive, skin regenerating and stomach stimulant action, facilitating digestion and relieving nausea and seasickness.
How to use
Generally, dried Patchouli leaves are used to prepare homemade teas, and essential oil from this plant or creams enriched with its extracts can also be found on the market.
The tea of this plant has a tranquilizing, sedative, hypotensive and analgesic effect, being a great option to treat headache or to relieve stress, for example. To prepare this tea, dry leaves of this plant are used and it is prepared as follows:
- Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of dried Patchouli leaves;
- Preparation: put the dry leaves of the plant in a pan with 1 liter of boiling water, letting the mixture boil for 10 minutes over medium heat. After that time, turn off the heat, cover and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain before drinking.
It is recommended to drink 2 to 3 cups of this tea a day, as needed.
The essential oil of this plant due to its calming and relaxing properties can be used to massage massages or can be added to diffusers to perfume the home. In addition, it can also be used to apply directly to the skin, helping to care for rough, dry, flabby, devitalized or aged skin.