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Patchouli, also known as Patchouli, is a medicinal herb in 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 is Pogostemon 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, sores, acne, dermatitis or mycoses;
- Helps in the treatment of various stomach problems such as abdominal pain or discomfort, gastritis, nausea or poor digestion;
- Relieves various general pains such as muscle spasms, headache, colic or angina pectoris;
- Helps to relax and calm down, relieving agitation, irritability, insomnia, stress and anxiety.
In addition, its oil is widely used to fix fragrances and aromas in the perfumery area, and can also be used to mask undesirable smells.
Overall, Patchouli's properties include bactericidal, antifungal, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, antiallergic, healing, sedative, hypotensive, regenerating skin and stomach stimulant action, facilitating digestion and relieving nausea and motion sickness.
Generally, dried Patchouli leaves are used to prepare homemade teas, and essential oil of 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 headaches or to relieve stress, for example. To prepare this tea, dried leaves of this plant are used and it is prepared as follows:
- Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of dried Patchouli leaves;
- Preparation: place the dried leaves of the plant in a pan with 1 liter of boiling water, letting the mixture boil for 10 minutes over medium heat. After this time, turn off the heat, cover and let it rest 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 for massage or can be added to diffusers to perfume the house. In addition, it can also be used to apply directly to the skin, helping to care for rough, dry, sagging, devitalized or aged skin.