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Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

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Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Synonyms: P. patchouly, patchouli oil

Aroma: Rich, sweet, herbaceous, aromatic, spicy and woody balsamic. Patchouli gets better with age.

Colour: Deep orange red

Patchouli flowerPlant: Evergreen herb with large fragrant leaves and hairy square stems that grows to a metre tall. On axillary and terminal stems flower spikes of clusters of tiny white to purple flowers form. As these fade fine brown seeds form in small capsules like tiny knots on the spikes.

Main Growing Areas: Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, China, India, Mauritius, East and West Indies, Paraguay, Vietnam

Major Constituents: patchouli alcohol, alpha and beta patchoulene may contribute to anti-itching properties of the oil, beta-caryophyllene – anti-inflammatory, beta-elemene – antitumour

Interesting snippets: In the 18th and 19th centuries Chinese traders travelling to the Middle East used patchouli to treat carpets and fabrics to prevent moths laying their eggs in the cloth and fungal deterioration.

In the 1960’s hippies used patchouli to cover the smell of burnt cannabis.

During the Vietnam War, American soldiers used patchouli to mask the smell of the graves of enemy soldiers killed in combat.

Dried patchouli leaves were placed amongst the folds of Indian cashmere shawls in Victorian times to protect them from moths.

Part of Plant used / Extraction: Dried fermented leaves by steam distillation.

Therapeutic actions: nausea, headaches, colds, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, haemorrhoids, cracked sore skin, eczema, psoriasis, tinea, acne, impetigo, herpes

Emotional and Spiritual: depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, nervousness

Patricia Davis writes that patchouli is especially valuable for dreamers and people who tend to neglect or feel detached from their physical bodies. Patchouli helps to ground and integrate energy and keep us in touch with our physical selves.

Robbi Zeck writes that the rich, musty, wood scent of Patchouli awakens within the soul a deep yearning for the comforting presence of peace, bringing Spiritual insights to all realms.
Patchouli’s slow peacefulness brings about a state of mind and wholehearted feeling where unification occurs with the soul on all levels.

Gabriel Mojay writes that patchouli is good for those who, due to excessive mental activity and nervous strain, feel ‘out of touch’ with their body and their sensuality.

Aromatherapy Insight Card:

Patchouli Insight card

Feeling trapped in one of many areas of your life and feeling like those areas are not working together? Patchouli unites all levels of your existence, allowing you to focus and bring heart and head to work together, rising above self-imposed barriers and enjoying all that life presents. Patchouli awakens a sense of peace that reaches into all areas of your life. Don’t get ruffled and caught in the false ego. Stay self-assured, and realize your real strength lies in being you.

Fragrant Change Healing Card: I feel a sense of peace in all areas of my life.

Contemplations for the Soul:

Patchouli CFTS

Is your mind on a continual loop making you unable to think clearly due to worry?
Have you imposed limits on what you think you can achieve?
Do you feel you have to be someone else to achieve your goals?
Do you long for peace in your life?
Realize that worry will not improve the situation and will banish peace from your life.
Try grounding yourself by going outside and putting your bare feet on the ground.
Breathe slowly in and out until you feel calmer then look at what action you can take to reduce your worry.
Know that you can be yourself and still achieve your goals.
Peace be with you.

Safety: Non-irritating, non-sensitising, non-toxic

Sources: Battaglia S, The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. The Perfect Potion, Australia (1995)
Bowles E.J, The A to Z of Essential Oils. New Burlington Books (2003)
Davis P, Subtle Aromatherapy. The C.W.Daniel Company Ltd. (1992)
Hodges C. Contemplations for the Soul (2016)
Hodges C, Fragrant Change Healing Cards (2015)
Jefferies J, Patchouli Essential Oil Profile. Aromatherapy Today, Vol.39 (2007)
Jefferies J, Osborn K, Aromatherapy Insight Cards. Living Energy, Aust. (2nd Ed. 2005)
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Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)


Everything is handsome about the geranium not excepting its name.
Leigh Hunt

Geranium essential oil is a popular oil that is used in a lot of skin care products to give them a rosy smell. Although many people think that the oil comes from the red geraniums seen in hanging baskets and gardens she actually comes from another variety.

Family: Geraniaceae

Synonyms: Rose geranium

Aroma: Green, floral, sweet. Rosy sweet minty for geranium Bourbon from Réunion Island

Colour: Pale greenish yellow.

Geranium flower

Plant: A perennial shrub growing to around 1.5 metres. It has large green hairy fragrant pointed leaves which contain most of the essential oil glands. The flowers are small and pink and don’t produce any oil.

Main Growing Areas: China, Egypt, Réunion Island, France, Algeria, India and Australia

 Major Constituents: Linalool, citronellol, geraniol, citronellyl formate, geranyl formate, menthone

Interesting snippets: It has been said that the first geranium blossom grew from a hedge on which Mohammed had hung his shirt to dry after washing it in a stream.

The first plant was collected in South Africa in 1672 and introduced into England and Europe in 1700. Plants and cuttings were then sent wherever there were English and European colonists.

Geraniums grown on Réunion Island have a rosy aroma which occurs nowhere else.

Geranium leaves and flowerPart of Plant used /Extraction: Steam distilled from freshly harvested leaves. A complete distillation takes around 1½ hours.

Therapeutic actions: Helpful for eczema, psoriasis, skin abrasions and shingles. She acts as a balancing oil particularly in women when their hormones have become out of balance.

Emotional and Spiritual: Anxiety and emotional stress.
Geranium can bring a sense of renewal if you are beginning something or leaving something behind to begin again.

Gabriel Mojay writes, “Conveying a feeling of calm strength and security, geranium oil is beneficial for both chronic and acute anxiety, particularly where there is nervous exhaustion due to stress and overwork. Geranium oil is ideal for the workaholic perfectionist – for the person who has forgotten imagination, intuition and sensory experience.”

Valerie Ann Worwood writes that when the Spirit is hidden like a frightened child within, geranium offers its warm hand of comfort, opening our hearts and memories and healing the pain.

Aromatherapy Insight Card:


Courtesy of J.Jefferies & K.Osborn

Re-balancing the extremes of life, emotionally “up” one minute and “down” the next. Geranium is essential for the workaholic perfectionists in life. Geranium delivers balance and symmetry to all areas of life. Time to remove the should’s and do what you truly want to do. Balance your logical, analytical workaholic self with the emotional, spontaneous, fun person you used to be and want to be. All work and no play makes us all stressed in some way.

Fragrant Change Healing Card: I strive for balance in body, mind and spirit

Geranium FCHC

Contemplations for the Soul Card:Geranium ContemplationAre you feeling stressed with too much work and no time for play and to enjoy yourself?
Do you feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster up one minute and down the next with no time to take a breath between the highs and lows?
Are you able to give but not receive?
It’s time to regain some balance in your life.
Understand that both work and play are essential to the health of your body, mind and spirit.
If you are feeling stressed by your work make time today to take time out to play or enjoy yourself.
Do something that brings you joy.
Learn to both give and receive to bring more balance into your life.

Safety: Non-irritating, non-sensitising.

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Hodges C. Contemplations for the Soul (2016)
Hodges C, Fragrant Change Healing Cards (2015)
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Kerr J, Geranium Essential Oil Profile. Aromatherapy Today, Vol.20 (2001)
Mojay G, Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. Hodder and Stoughton (1996)
Smith I, Geranium. The Aromatherapist, Vol 8, No 2 (2001)
Worwood V.A, The Fragrant Heavens. Doubleday Publishing UK (1999)