Botanical Name: Pogostemon cablin
- English: Patchouli
- Ayurvedic: Paachi
- Also, known as: Paanari, Panari, Pachi, Patchouly, Guang Huo Xiang, Pachouli
Habitat: Native to Asia
Harvested: Wild or cultivated
Parts Used: Leaves
Pogostemon cablin, is a perennial bushy herb that grows up to 100 cm in tall of the mint family. It has oblong leaves and whorls of light-purple or lavender flowers. Stems are erect and with multiple branches on the upper part. The older branch is stout and nearly round but the younger one is square and densely covered with gray-yellow pubescence. Leaves are opposite, rounded to broadly ovate, 3-11cm long, 2-6 cm wide, and with acute or obtuse apex, margin with blunt teeth or sometimes split, hairy sides, and densely hairy veins. The hairy petiole is 1 to 6cm in length. Patchouli requires full sun to bring out its fragrance. A unique aroma will send out when it is rubbed. Flowers are small, purple, pale pink-white flowers. Nutlets are nearly spherical and slightly flattened. Because the oil makes a great base note, it is used in more than one out of three perfume blends. Other herbal fragrances that are sometimes blended with patchouli include basil, bergamot, geranium, juniper, lavender, myrrh, neroli, pine, sandalwood, and rose. Patchouli oil is a flavoring agent for chewing gum, baked goods, candy, and beverages. Commercial perfumes that contain patchouli include Tabu, Bill Blass, and Polo.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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