Everything you need to know about patchouli plant

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Patchouli plant is a native of the tropics. The scientific name of the plant is Pogostemon cablin. Patchouli plant is well known for its fragrance.


  • Everything You Need To Know About Patchouli Plant

    Patchouli plant is a native of the tropics. The scientific name of the plant is

    Pogostemon cablin. It is bushy variety of herb and belongs to the mint family. It

    grows to a maximum height of 2 or 3 feet and bears small pale pink-white

    flowers. It is widely grown in countries like Taiwan, India, Malaysia, Mauritius,

    China. Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and also West Africa. The name is derived

    from Tamil language, patchai meaning green and elai meaning leaf and hence

    the name Patchouli.


    The major characteristics of the genus Pgostemon include flowers in whorls in

    the upper leaf axils; a tubular, five-toothed calyx; a tubular corolla with four

    almost similar lobes, and one style with two stigmas. They bear fruits are four

    nutlets which closely resembles a seed.

    Patchouli in USA

  • Though it is a native of the tropics, patchouli plant has been successfully

    cultivated in the temperate conditions of the USA, at least since 1900s. The

    common species of patchouli grown in the USA are, P.cablin and P.heyneanus.

    They are locally called smooth or java patchouli. Both species are shrubs that

    grow to a height of 3 metres at favourable conditions. The leaves of the plants

    are egg shaped and almost 4 inches long. The flowers of P.cablin are white in

    colour whereas the one of P.heyneanus is purplish pink in color. Both of them are

    not as fragrant as their Asian counterparts.

    Patchouli Uses

    Patchouli plant is well known for its fragrance. The essential oil extracted from

    the plant is used for making fragrant articles. Even the people who dont care

    about the fragrance of the oil would find the fragrance emanating from the leaves

    to be pleasant.

    The oil extracted from the plant is majorly used in the perfume industry. The

    major producers of perfumes using patchouli oil are India, China, Indonesia,

    Malaysia and Brazil. The oil is extracted by steam distillation of leaves and stem.

    They are harvested two or three times a year. The fragrance is improved if the

    dried leaves are allowed to age before distillation.

    Patchouli oil is an excellent insect repellent. It has used since pre-historic times

    to keep moths away. It was primary used by the Chinese during their days of the

    silk trade.

    Patchouli oil is a major ingredient in soaps and oils. They are also a key

    component in deo to prevent body odor.

    The oil can also be used as an antiseptic and astringent.

    Patchouli oil is used in incense sticks which are very common in India and China.

  • Growing patchouli plant and attaining better yield with the help of Biofield

    Energy Transmission

    The Biofield Energy Transmission of The Trivedi Effect transforms the plants

    at the molecular level and enhances the yield and production. Various

    researches conducted using the biofield energy transmission has proved that the

    yield has increased dramatically. To know more about the research conducted on

    patchouli plant visit, www.trivediscience.com


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