Patchouli Oil Beauty Hacks You Didn’t Know Existed
Patchouli Oil Beauty Hacks
Patchouli essential oil is one of those highly versatile additions to beauty routines. It comes with a hearty, earthy scent and has tons of health benefits. Patchouli comes from a type of evergreen plant that is close in nature to mint. The plant originated in Southeast Asia, but also grows in other tropical regions.
It dates back to ancient Egypt as a popular appetite stimulant and was used as a moth repellant by Oriental fabric makers around the 19th century. Today, you can apply patchouli oil to your beauty routine for a host of beneficial effects.
Patchouli For Improved Hair & Scalp
One great use for patchouli oil is to treat an oily scalp. It naturally moisturizes and balances the scalp so that the skin does not overproduce oil. Just add two drops to your daily dab of shampoo and conditioner for an earthy fragrance boost, as well as added scalp benefits. Patchouli has also been known to treat dandruff. So it takes care of dryness and oiliness at the same time. How great is that?
Applying Patchouli Topically For Healthy Skin
Patchouli oil has long been used to treat tons of skin conditions, from dermatitis to acne and dry skin. Add several drops to an ounce of carrier oil, like jojoba or coconut, and massage the oil into your skin. That will give your skin moisture, prevent wrinkles and clear away irritations. You can also add several drops of patchouli oil to your lotion or liquid soap for added scent and skin health benefits.
Also, apply the oil straight to cuts, burns, insect bites and general sores to reduce swelling and clear up the abrasion. The oil is a strong anti-inflammatory agent and carries antiseptic qualities.
People have even applied patchouli oil under the arms to hedge off body odor. Think of it as a natural deodorant.
Patchouli’s Soothing Scent
In aromatherapy, patchouli can help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. Add it to bubble baths, dab it under your ears or add it to a diffuser for an instant pick-me-up. You may sleep better and you’ll be more relaxed overall, which will lead to a healthier look. Being in a better place emotionally will help stop wrinkles, cut back on bags under the eyes and perhaps prevent grey hairs.
One of the easiest ways to carry the scent around is to make a patchouli liquid soap. That will leave your hands moisturized and scented. You can also use the soap in showers and baths. The relaxing scent and therapeutic qualities of patchouli will take shower or bath time to a whole new level.
Making soap can be a bit of a process, especially if you’re making soap bars. But for an easy liquid soap, just get a couple bars of Castile soap, a cheap gallon of distilled water and your patchouli oil. Grind the soap into soap shavings. Heat the water until it is hot and stir in the soap shavings until they are completely dissolved. Let it cool for a day or so, then stir in your patchouli oil until it has reached the scent intensity you desire.