It's just the first week of June for many, however, for those creative beings that pay respect to the olfaction, daily, this is the week when all things that smell good are celebrated. Happy National Fragrance Week!
National Fragrance Week is about celebrating cologne, perfume and all things good-smelling. That includes scented candles, potpourri, soaps and lotions, flowers, and even food.
To celebrate National Fragrance Week 2014, I'll highlight seven scents that are beneficial for healthy living, in this Olfactory Series.
Patchouli is a perennial herb native to the tropical regions of Asia. It is thought to provide excellent benefits to a healthy living regimen. Patchouli is most commonly used in perfume, incense and bath and body care products, because of its superb topical and aromatherapy attributes.
Healthy Living Benefits:
- Sleep Problems - Sleep is so important to overall health, daily activities and mood. At times you can be dirt tired, but the brain and eyes just won't work in your favor. Inhaling Patchouli oil could be the needed element to lull you to a restful sleep -- Patchouli oil is thought to have sedative effects.
- Aromatherapy - When Patchouli oil is inhaled or topically applied to the skin, it is thought to transmit messages to the Limbic System. The Limbic System is the region of the brain that controls emotions and the Nervous System. So, on those days when emotions are heighten, or, the mood is swinging to the point where you are personally getting on your own nerves, sprinkle a bit of Patchouli oil onto a tissue or cloth, sit down and inhale slowly. Using an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer can also be effective.
- Insect Repellent - Patchouli oil is said to be great for repelling insects. Here are a couple of applications that may work for you this summer: 1) Put a few drops into almond oil; Apply to exposed skin before heading outdoors. 2) If you prefer a non-oily method: Mix a few drops with Witch Hazel or Aloe Vera juice; Put into a spray bottle; Spray onto exposed skin before heading outdoors. Use both methods as needed.
Has the scent of Patchouli benefited you in any of the above situations, or, one that isn't mentioned? Share with us in the Comments.
Wong, Cathy, ND. "Patchouli Essential Oil - What You Need to Know" Alternative Medicine. About.com. 14 July 2013. Web. 2 June 2014