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PATCHOULI OIL Aromatherapy Essential “Oil of the Month”

Learn about Patchouli Oil Constituents and Benefits

Botanical Name: Pogostemon Cablin

An Earthy strong, woody, wine scent (native to the Philippines) mainly produced in Indonesia by steam distillation from the leaves of the Pogostemon Cablin, a species of the mint family that dates back centuries but was commonly used in the 1960’s and 1970’s by the hippy counterculture. One of the most well known uses of the Patchouli plant was protection from bed bugs and moths. The leaves were placed in shipments of Indian cashmere rugs, destined to England for protection from moth damage. Ultimately, the cashmere shawls became known for the distinctive patchouli fragrance.

Constituents of Essential Oil: patchoulol, g-guaiene, a-guaiene, saychellene, a-humulene, b-patchoulene, b-caryophyllene, aciphyllene, g-patchoulene, pogostol

Patchoulol or Patchouli alcohol makes up to approximately 30 – 40% of Patchouli EO and is responsible for its distinct aroma used extensively in the perfume industry. Morden studies have revealed activities such as anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-tumor and antimicrobial, antiplatelet and aphrodisiac. Patchoulol is also used in the synthesis of the chemotherapy drug Taxol.

Although the constituents of Patchouli Oil have not been widely studied separately, the constituents of Patchouli Oil as a whole have. Patchouli Oil constituents widely vary from plant to plant, area grown and time of harvest.

Pogostemon Cablin was studied for antibacterial and antifungal activity and was found effective in inhibiting 20 bacterial strains and all 12 fungi. One study was also found of antimicrobial activity, pogostone and patchoulol had broader therapeutic prospects in bacteria infection. Patchouli Oil was also effective in preventing biofilm formation. Anti-viral activities of Pogostemon Cablin were shown to inhibit influenza A virus but more human studdies have to be done.

Studies have also shown Patchouli Oil helps to overcome defaecation and constipation by olfactory neurotransmission systems and may assist with fibrinolysis (prevents blood clots from growing) and many neurodegenerative disorders.

Patchouli Oil showed an efficient free radical scavenging activity and prevented photoaging by exhibiting antioxidative properties and maintained skin structural integrity caused by UV irradiation with anti-inflammatory activities also observed. The healing duration was considerably reduced in patients suffering ulcers, torn skin, skin abrasions and pressure sores using 12% Patchouli Oil concentration. It also effectively controlled skin infections and odour. Patchouli Oil is also an effective repellent against the mosquito, termites, dust mites, ants amongst many others.

In Aromatherapy, Patchouli Oil helps to sharpen intelligence, improve concentration and provide insight, reduce tension and anxiety. Its wine-like intoxicating aroma functions as an aphrodisiac and is used to treat symptoms of menopause for a harmonious flow of energy that interacts with thyroid glands and balances hormones. Mental alertness and awareness is improved therefore an oil great for meditation.

Patchouli Oil is a Middle Note and we call it our “Hippy Mint”

Kid Safe: yes

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Lavender field in flower at sunset

LAVENDER OIL Aromatherapy Essential “Oil of the Month”

Learn about Lavender Oil Constituents and Benefits

One of the most widely used and versatile oils is from the Lavender plant with its sweet, floral-herbaceous scent, and balsamic-woody undertone.

Botanical Name: Lavandula Angustifolia

Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) is sometimes called “True Lavender” or “English Lavender”. It is steam distilled from the fresh flowering tops. Australia’s Lavender season starts in November through to March. The name Lavender comes from the Latin verb “lavare” which means “to wash”.

Constituents of Lavender Oil: *Linalool, Linalyl acetate, Cis-b-Ocimene, 3-Octanone, Terpinen-4-ol, a-terineol, Trans-b-ocimene, Camphor

* Allergens – Natural components of Essential Oils

Linalool being the main component of Lavender Oil, 30 – 45 %, is responsible for its calming and relaxing and sedative effects. Linalool can improve sleep and increase energy the following morning. It can be useful to reduce anxiety and may boost immune. It is also said to have very powerful anticonvulsant qualities. Linalool is useful for damping overreactive responses to injury or sickness or inflammation. In addition, the mosquitoes are do not like it.

Linalyl acetate is an ester of linalool, and the two often occur in conjunction. In Lavender it is approximately 25 – 45 %. Linalyl acetate assists the linalool with the anti-inflammation properties, also along with Cis-b-ocimene it assists with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial activity.

Lavender is skin preserving (cicatrisant) and has the ability to regenerate skin cells (cytophylatic) therefore assisting with healing, with less scaring. It can be balancing for sebum production while balancing the mind.

Lavender Oil is a Top to Middle Note and is known to be an “All Round Healer!”

Kid Safe: yes

(Plant Lavender for Love!)

LAVENDER OIL – Rainbow Skys Naturally


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