Latin Name:  Pogostemon cablin
Part of Plant: Leaf
Country of Origin: Indonesia
Method of Production: Steam Distillation


Pogostemon cablin, commonly known as Patchouli, is a fragrant, flowering perennial herb that is a member of the Lamiaceae (formally Labiatae) botanical family.  The essential oil is known for its use in perfumery and unlike many other oils that have a relatively short shelf life, Patchouli is known to get better with age.


Patchouli essential oil, having a strong, distinct, and long lasting earthy aroma, blends well with most citrus and floral oils and just a little bit will go a very long way when included in an essential oil blend.  It is a popular addition to both feminine and masculine blends and perfect in small amounts with oils like Orange and Sandalwood in a cologne or beard oil.  It may assist with the appearance of skin when properly diluted and applied topically as part of blends with oils like Helicrysum, Geranium, and Frankincense.  Try blending with Bergamot, Vetiver, Tangerine, Lavender, Marjoram, and Ylang Ylang for a calming and relaxing aroma to diffuse at the end of a long day.  It is also popular in date night blends that include oils like Damiana, Jasmine, or Rose.  


Usage ideas:

  • Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.

  • Dilute to 1% in your choice of carrier oils to make a face serum or body oil.  Apply a small amount to damp skin after washing to help seal in moisture.  

  • Add 5-15 drops to 1 oz. of your choice of carrier oils to make a massage oil.

  • Mix a few drops with an unscented liquid soap or bubble bath and add to the tub when filling. 

For convenience on the go…

  • Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.

  • Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).



Possible drug interaction; may inhibit blood clotting.  Use caution in certain instances with anyone who has peptic ulcers, any bleeding disorders, is taking blood thinners, or near surgery.  If under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.  Keep out of reach of children and pets.  If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.  Do not use undiluted essential oils topically.  Possible skin sensitivity.  Do not use on broken skin.  Watch for any possible interactions or side effects.  Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention.  Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.



This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).



Sheppard-Hanger, S. (1995). The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy


Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone

Burfield, T. (2016). Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours & Origins, Second Edition. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy