The uses of patchouli oil include aromatherapy, skin care and culinary flavoring. Patchouli oil is also a popular ingredient in perfumes, colognes and scented textiles.
Patchouli oil is a natural remedy for skin problems such as eczema, dandruff and chapped skin. It also fights inflammation and fungal infections. Aromatherapeutic uses include treatment of insomnia and anxiety. Patchouli oil blends well with essential oils such as clary sage, bergamot and lavender, according to Organic Facts.
Patchouli oil is a powerful insect repellent often added to body lotions, candles and insect sprays. When added to wash water, it protects fabric from fleas, bed bugs, ants, moths and flies. Patchouli-scented incense also discourages insect activity.