For instance, I started using lavender oil to help with my insomnia. However, after a few months of continuous use, it didn’t work anymore. The same thing happened with orange oil.
Taking a break, however, seems to make these oils effective again. In the meantime, I switch to other aromatics. Many besides the two I just mentioned can also work as natural tranquilizers, including Plantlife Patchouli essential oil.
Patchouli Essential Oil Properties
The woodsy, earthy, exotic scent of patchouli reminds you of incense-burning hippies from the 1960’s. The leaves of the patchouli bush, which grow throughout tropical regions of Asia, are used to make this essential oil. It has a familiar smell, as patchouli is often used in perfume.
Medically, it has a number of uses. One of the most common is as a sedative and mood elevator. For instance, if you are troubled or upset, sprinkling a drop or two of patchouli on a cloth, and placing it near you, allows you to breathe this calming aroma. The same amount can also be used with a neutral carrier oil and massaged into the skin.
Some aromatherapists also recommend patchouli to counteract the effects of nausea and vomiting. You can either inhale it or rub it diluted on your abdomen.
Patchouli is also a good skin oil, because it can help heal infection and inflammation. It’s often an active ingredient in various blends to help reverse psoriasis. This oil is also reputed to be able to fight sagging skin and other visible signs of aging.
Plantlife Patchouli Oil
The oil shown below is the one I acquired, since I was interested in trying a different brand than the ones I usually purchase. It’s made by Plantlife, and it smells exactly who I remember patchouli from when I smelled it in my youth, when my parents took me and my siblings to San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district.
Plantlife Natural Body Care, based in the United States, has been in business since 1994, according to its website, which says it uses the “freshest organic herbs” to make its oils. You should note, though, that the patchouli I purchased is not labeled organic and it does not have the USDA organic certification sticker. The oil itself is thick, mustard colored and very strong. One bottle will last a long time.
Plant Therapy Patchouli
Although I am happy with my purchase of Plantlife patchouli, since the aroma is intoxicating, I do realize I might have gotten the same amount of oil for a little less money by choosing a brand that sounds very similar. This is Plant Therapy, a family-run company based in Twin Falls, Idaho. You can see this oil below.
I am a frequent Plant Therapy customer, because the oils are such a great deal. They are very high quality. (I’ve found that for nearly all of my needs, I do not have to buy an MLM oil.) Plant Therapy is a good alternative, if you also like to obtain your oils outside of the MLM networks. So, just for variety, here’s another brand I can confidently recommend.
Plant Therapy tests its oils twice to make sure they’re pure and potent. One test is run by an independent lab.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. People with health concerns should discuss them with a doctor. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils, unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.
I’m not a healthcare professional, so all of the above statements are my personal opinion, and are not intended as medical advice.