Patchouli Essential Oil

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Patchouli is one of the most grounding essential oils I know of. It has a musky aroma that's famous for being mimicked in high end perfumes, and Patchouli grew in popularity because of the hippie movement in the 60's and 70's where it was used in musky incense.

Surprisingly Patchouli is part of the mint family! It does so much more than just smell good. In fact, it's actually an aphrodisiac so if you're looking to set the mood, do so with Patchouli.

doTERRA sources its' Patchouli from Indonesia, one of the most magical places, where it grows in abundance. It comes from delicate, pink-white flowers but the essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves.

It's a powerful mood influencer which you'll want in your tool box to balance your mood on a regular basis. How it does this is with its' dopamine balancing abilities. It has a grounding effect on the body, when we're anxious we're up in our heads in our thinking mind, and we 'leave' our body which makes us feel scattered and stressed.

Patchouli has antidepressant and sedative qualities, bringing your awareness back into your body to feel steady and at peace. Be sure to use this if you experience winter blues. Emotionally, Patchouli is the oil of physicality, supporting us to become fully present in our body. Especially those of us who escape the body through spiritual pursuits or other forms of distraction. It supports addictive/obsessive personalities by teaching moderation.

It compliments yoga, tai chi, or any other exercises that aim to connect the spirit with the body. It helps heal body shame and any emotional judgments or issues with seeing the body.

Patchouli essential oil is a root chakra healer in this way, so if you're out of balance in any areas of your physical life, like money, body, relationships, then use Patchouli to balance this chakra by applying it to the bottoms of feet.

Make your own perfume using Patchouli, toxin free with mood balancing effects! If you find the scent too heady, add citrus to balance it out, like doTERRA's Citrus Bliss, Lime, or Bergamot (my favorite). doTERRA has Patchouli in its' own perfume blend, Whisper. I've even made root chakra balancing incense using Patchouli, Bergamot and Vetiver. Here's the recipe I've used! Diffusing the oil is the fastest and most affordable way to experience the benefits, though.

Watch the documentary Stink to learn the harmful effects of perfume/fragrance on your health and wellness, and make the switch to using pure medical grade essential oils like Patchouli from doTERRA.

Chemical Constituents

  • Patchouli alcohol

  • α-Bulnesene

  • α-Guaiene

Learn more about the chemical constituents in doTERRA's chemistry wheel.

Top Properties

  • Aphrodisiac

  • Sedative

  • Diuretic

  • Antifungal

  • Antispasmodic

  • Insecticide

  • Antidepressant

How it smells

  • Herbaceous, camphoraceous


  • Indonesia

Physical Support

  • For shingles and herpes, apply to area of concern and bottoms of feet, and/or take in a capsule*

  • For dry skin and dandruff, apply to area of concern

  • For oily hair and impetigo, apply to area of concern

  • For nerve issues, apply to soothe and heal nerves

  • For body odor, apply as a deodorant and take in a capsule*

  • For fluid retention, take with grapefruit in a capsule*

  • For insect and mosquito repellent, infuse or apply to repel pests

  • For insect bites, snake bites and stings, apply with lavender to soothe

  • For digest toxic material take in a capsule with ginger*

  • For appetite/weight issues, take in a capsule with ginger*

  • For stretch marks/skin issues, apply with myrrh to soothe

Emotional Support

  • For anxiety and dopamine issues, diffuse and apply under nose/back of neck to diffuse emotions

  • For feelings of degraded, use aromatically or topically to feel enhanced

Spiritual Support

Ways to Use

Learn about the ways to use Patchouli here!

Found In

  • Whisper®

  • Anchor

  • InTune®

  • doTERRA Console®

Companion Oils

  • Grapefruit

  • Bergamot

  • Cypress

  • Sandalwood

  • Vetiver

  • Clary Sage

How to order

  • If you’re already a doTERRA customer you can add it to your Loyalty Rewards Order. Not a wholesale member yet? Get Patchouli here.

  • Be sure to enroll with an enrollment kit if you want to waive the annual $35 fee! Then add on single oils you'd like.


  • The Essential Life

  • Emotions and Essential Oils


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* Methods of use: I'm only referring to use with doTERRA essential oils. Please use at your own risk with other brands.

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