Latin name: Pogostemon cablin
Source country: Most Asian countries
Appearance: A dark red or brown very viscous liquid.
Aroma: A heavy, strong balsamic aroma where a little goes a long way. Used in
perfumes because of its masculine aroma.
Derivation: The plant grows in hot climates but not direct sunlight. It is extracted by
steam distillation of the plant leaves which can take place several times a year.
Chemicals: Patchoulol and norpatchoulenol up to 50%, (where the aroma comes from),
a-guaiene 15%, bulnesene 15%.
Uses: It is mainly used in perfumery and has little toxicological activity. It is useful in de-
stressing and the fragrance alone can have a beneficial effect psychologically. It is claimed
that it may be useful as an all piurpose insect repellent. It is used in laundry detergents,
after shave cosmetics, paper towels, and air fresheners. Not particularly anti bacterial and
not antifungal unlike many essential oils. It is used for cracked and roughened skin where
its hydrating properties help to heal. In this sense it is used to promote faster healing of
wounds on the skin.
Note: As with all pure essential oils, dilute appropriately with a suitable carrier oil
before using on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally