We all learned about Meredith Baird’s token scents earlier this week. And most of us recall how much I loved the aroma attention that she exudes in her space. So last Sunday I went out and bought all of her picks. I’ve since been transitioning between peppermint in the aroma diffuser in the morning to alert my senses, wake me up, and elicit inspiration. Then in the evenings, during meditation and before bed, I’ve been adding Patchouli. I’m astonished at how sensitive I am to this scent and how effective it is on me. I’m instantly calm, relaxed, and feeling sensual. The sixties were onto something, and I’m totally starting to get it.
This perennial is a member of the Labiatae family (cousins to lavender, mint, and sage), and is renowned for its antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, sedative and tonic properties. Therefore topically the oil is used often in beauty products to remedy acne, eczema, odor, and inflammation. Where its aromatheraputic scent is incredibly relaxing for the nervous system helping to reduce tension, insomnia, and anxiety while uplifting consciousness.
A few reasons why you might want to consider adding this staple oil to your essential oil cabinet:
ANTIDEPRESSANT | it uplifts mood, drives away disappointment, and relaxes tension.
ANTISEPTIC | protects against wounds developing infections. Use directly on open wound.
APHRODISIAC | wonderful for treating impotency, loss of libido, disinterest in sex, erectile dysfunction, frigidity, and sexual anxiety in both men and women.
INSECTICIDE | effective at keeping insects at a healthy distance. Use a drop on wool as well to repel moths.
SEDATIVE | soothes inflammation, coughs, epileptic attacks, and hyper-activity of the nerves.