Winter and the dreary gray skies typically associated with it can sometimes bring you down. In fact, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may be experienced by six of every 100 people in the United States, according to statistics by the American Academy of Family Physicians. It is also estimated that another 10% to 20% may experience some mild form of SAD, more commonly referred to as the winter blues.
Patchouli essential oil has been used traditionally to provide mood support and may help to reduce anxiety caused by the winter blues. It has a very rich and herbaceous scent, and can easily be blended with other essential oils for a pleasant aroma. (Blends well with Bergamot, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Wild Orange, and Ylang Ylang).
Check out these research studies on Patchouli essential oil:
A massage using Patchouli essential oil was shown to reduce stress. Click here to read more about this study.
Patchouli was shown to help promote healthy inflammatory response. Learn more about the study here.
The aroma of Patchouli may help with weight management. Click here to read more.
Want to see more research on Patchouli essential oil? Check out aromaticscience.com.
Add 1-2 drops to dōTERRA Salon Essentials Smoothing Conditioner or unscented conditioner in the palm of your hand and then massage onto the scalp to help with dandruff. Leave on 3-5 minutes, then rinse.
Combine with Peppermint and apply to the forehead, temples, or back of the neck to help ease stress.
Combine with Vetiver and apply to the bottoms of feet to help calm emotions.
Add 10 drops of Patchouli, Myrrh, and Geranium to your moisturizer for a homemade wrinkle cream.
For oily skin and hair, add a few drops of Patchouli essential oil to your shampoo or facial cream.
Diffuse alone or blended with other essential oils for a calming and soothing effect.
Tips from Our Facebook Fans:
“Mix a few drops with a handful of sugar and Fractionated Coconut Oil… Use it as a scrub for feet & hands.” -Brenda Scoles
“I put a drop on the tip of my thumb and rub it into the roof of my mouth! It is so great to help me regain my focus and helps me feel connected and happy.” -Tausha Later Hansen
“Patchouli is extremely soothing to the body and mind. It creates a calming atmosphere and can also be used as an aphrodisiac.” -Tanya Brooke
“We love using a couple drops on a damp wash cloth in the dryer. [It] leaves a lovely scent and combined with dryer balls, reduces waste from dryer sheets!” -Kendra Coakley Pense
“It is not my favorite oil because of the smell but I blend it with Bergamot and a little On Guard in a roller and use it before bed on my kids and it helps them sleep better. It also smells much better when blended.” -Amy Amann
“One of my long term favorites! I mix with Lavender oil and throw it over the old carpet at work – over time the room has come to smell divine and people working there are calm. My friend is a social worker counselor and she has done this for years- agitated or upset clients enter her Lavender Patchouli office and immediately begin to calm down- magic!” -Lindel Ainsworth-Smedley
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