Patchouli is a bushy perennial herb that grows to around 1 meter high. It has a sturdy stem, soft hairy leaves and white, with a tinge of mauve, flowers in terminal spikes. It is harvested two to three times a year with the best quality being harvested during the wet season. The strongly scented leaves are picked by and then dried for three days before distillation. This drying process is critical for yield and quality. It should not be carried out in the sun, nor should fermentation be permitted.
Patchouli grounds and strengthens the will to live. Patchouli can spiritualize sexuality and facilitate the enjoyment of the senses as well as awaken creativity. It can relax an over active intellect. It allows the chakras in the feet to connect with the earth and draw energy from it. Patchouli can help one to define who one is and then how to express this in the world. Patchouli is used in money, sex and physical energy blends. Patchouli can help us to recognize and appreciate the sacredness of life.
Aroma Description: Strong, musty and spicy.
The information has been extracted from books written by Beverely Hawkins, (West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy) Vancouver, Canada.
Hawkins, B. (1999). West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy.
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