Patchouli is a tropical species and relatively resilient plant. It thrives in hot environments but requires plenty of water and some shade. Indonesia is one of the largest suppliers of patchouli in the world.
A member of the mint family, Patchouli oil is known to help with skin imperfections and for its grounding, earthy aroma.
How does it work?
Patchouli is a bushy perennial herb and part of the mint family. The plant can grow to about 2 to 3 feet (1 m) tall and has small, pale pink flowers.
The essential oil comes from the leaf of the plant. Fresh leaves are air-dried for several days before distillation. When dried, they shrink to a third of their original weight. After drying, the leaves are distilled for at least 8 hours.