What Is Patchouli Oil?


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Patchouli oil is an essential oil that comes from the patchouli plant, a bushy herb closely related to lavender, mint and sage. Patchouli oil has a distinctive strong and musky odor.

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What Is Patchouli Oil?
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Patchouli grows primarily in Southeast Asia and South America. In East Asia, it is a common ingredient in incense, while in the West it is a key ingredient in many personal fragrances. Patchouli also has uses in alternative medicine. Applying the oil to the skin may help alleviate dryness and irritation, and patchouli has anti-fungal properties that make it a useful treatment for athletes foot and other minor fungal infections.

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