Patchouli is a plant of Asian origin, used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for its vast effects and properties, especially in the nervous sphere but not only.
- Appearance : it closely resembles the peppermint plant, another Lamiacea, has green leaves and a reddish stem, is a multi-year plant with reddish white flowers, it can reach a height of about one meter. Resists even at low temperatures but not for long periods of time.
- The name derives from the Tamil patchai ellai language which means green leaf, from which patchouli.
- The active ingredients: they are contained both in the leaves and in the stem and in the flowers are all volatile in nature.
Patchouli belongs to the Lamiacee or Labiate family like many other plants containing volatile active ingredients; to the same family belong: mint, sage, lemon balm, lavender, basil, oregano, among the most known and used.
- Effective to eliminate mycosis like athlete’s foot
The antimycotic or fungicidal activity is well documented, among the most annoying mycoses the ” athlete’s foot ” is known , in this case prepare a 5% infusion of Patchouli leaves in a liter of water and proceed for a footbath for the duration of 10-15 minutes daily until remission of the disease.
- The extracts of its leaves are effected against anxiety and depression
We are above all in the field of aromatherapy, therefore the crumbled leaves can be boiled in order to spread the intense fragrance that is released and which persists in the environment for a long time.
- It has a strong antibacterial activity
The antiseptic action is carried out as we have seen in the fungi but it does not stop there, it also extends to many types of bacteria; in the medical research center of Bhubaneswar (India) the antibacterial activity was tested on 20 types of bacteria and 12 types of fungi.
- Eliminates mushrooms and keeps insects away
It is known that the ancient Chinese great silk producers protected the fabric by storing it in boxes in which they put Patchouli leaves. In a research carried out at the University of Mahidol (Thailand) the set of Patchouli, Cloves and Citronella has proved to be the most effective insect repellent for mosquitoes and other insects.
- Anti-inflammatory and astringent activity
Activity linked to the astringent effects on the circulatory system, used therefore in cosmetic formulations for water retention and cellulite.
- Cellular healing and regenerating activity
The oily active ingredients contained in patchouli play a regenerative action on damaged cells accelerating the healing processes, and slowing down the natural aging processes of the skin such as wrinkles, therefore has an effect on collagen synthesis, but it also has a positive and curative effect in case of dry skin , dermatitis, acne, and other diseases of the integumentary system.
- It has an intense aroma and eliminates bacteria
In addition to the covering effect linked to the intense fragrance, it is necessary to consider the antibacterial and antifungal activities inhibiting bacterial and fungal proliferation.
Diuretic activity: The infusion of leaves performs a good diuretic and therefore detoxifying activity, it can also be useful in the case of kidney stones associated with other herbs with similar activity. Moreover for its antibacterial activity it also helps in case of any urinary tract infections.
- Useful to find calm and concentration
The normalizing and balancing effects on the nervous system indicate it as a support in anxiety and depressive problems; of excellent effect as an aphrodisiac especially for the relaxing but at the same time toned effects on the nervous system, regaining calm and concentration is important for the mental presence during intimate moments.
- Induces re-equilibrium in the secretion of serotonin and dopamine
The activity of the volatile active principles is documented and acts on the central nervous system inducing a re-balance in the secretion of serotonin and dopamine, in fact it has a tonic action, thus improving the nervous activity but also sedative, this effect is the direct consequence of a greater centering with a remission of the internal and dispersive dialogue; the nervous system is in fact overwhelmed by the impact with the density of the inhaled active ingredients which exert a good anxiolytic activity.
- It induces the release of endorphins, giving calmness
The volatile active ingredients also induce the release of endorphins, a class of neurotransmitters in general with a euphoric and / or calming effect; endorphins induce a state of well-being that in some respects reminds us of the effects of some drugs, they also have the ability to considerably reduce the sensation of pain. This effect is similar to the feelings of well-being and relaxation that follow the orgasm or runner’s high or the runner’s high, a manifest effect to many athletes especially marathon runners or super marathon athletes and cyclists in whom, following prolonged effort, one has a release of endorphins from the pituitary gland that induces a feeling of euphoria (from the Greek euphorìa, composed of èu- bene- and phérein- tolerare).
The uses of Patchouli and how to preserve it
In the case of oral thrush ( candida ) with the same 5% infusion, make repeated rinses several times a day until resolution. In the case of vaginal thrush (candida) make 2-3 vaginal irrigations up to 1 liter resolution for irrigation. For skin mycoses prepare an oily suspension using 10 g of leaves in 100 ml of sweet almond oil, heating at 70-80 ° C for 5 minutes, stirring continuously, then filter and store in a dark glass bottle, use on the skin areas affected by mycosis massaging up to absorption 2-3 times a day.