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Patchouli: The Oil of Physicality

Patchouli helps people become fully present in their physical body. Patchouli tempers the obsessive personality by bringing them “down” to reality and teaches us to stay grounded in the present moment rather than stress about things that are beyond our control. Patchouli is a great oil during yoga, tai chi or other practices that encourage body mindfulness. While using Patchouli, you will feel more grounded and fluid. Patchouli also calms fears and nervous tension, stilling the heart and mind to prepare them for a greater union between the body and soul. This is a great oil to use when going outdoors to connect with nature (bare feet to the ground!) because it also helps us to stay in touch with the earth.

Patchouli, in its work of connecting us to our own body, also helps us release patterns of shame or “not being enough” about our bodies, and enables us to feel more love and acceptance towards our physical self. It does this by acting as a grounding support, helping you to reconnect with and settle into your body. It is primarily used to align the heart chakra with the root and sacral chakras. It does this by releasing obsessions, insecurities and jealousies and enhancing our desire to live a fuller life.

So the next time you have an emotional judgment or thought towards your body, such as thinking your body is “less than holy” or “dirty”, use Patchouli to bring confidence back into your body, as well as grace, poise and physical strength. It will help you remember when you used to use your body for sheer play and fun as a child. You didn’t think anything negative about your body back then and you were fully at peace and present in your own physical body. Patchouli can help bring you back to that state you were in as a child.

Blends Well With

Patchouli blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrrh and Sandalwood.

Don’t Have This Oil?

Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lavender, Wild Orange.

Usage Tips

Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitisation. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Oil information from: “Emotions and Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing” and “The Essential Life”