Patchouli is better known as an essential oil and popular incense. It comes from the areas of Asia and Africa, as well as many other tropical areas in the Indies. The botanical name is Pogostemon patchouli, and it grows as a small bush that flowers. The scented oil is processed from the leaves and flowers. Traditionally, patchouli has been used as an antidote to serpent poisoning, and is thought to be able to reduce tension, headaches, treat colds and even diarrhea. Patchouli leaf tea is an unusually fragrant tea that tastes and smells best when it is both fresh and warmed.
One of the nicer and most pleasant aspects of patchouli leaf and patchouli leaf tea is that it has insect repellant qualities. Imagine sitting on your porch enjoying a nice cup of tea, and then having a swarm of bugs disturbing your relaxation. Simply rub some of the tea on your skin, and then watch the bugs go somewhere else. The external use of patchouli can help with dry skin, and is thought to have antifungal properties. Recent studies of the patchouli extract as an antimicrobial on human illnesses have offered an intriguing fact to this fantastic little plant’s potential.
When tested against staphylococcus aureus, salmonella typhi, staphylococcus epidermis, Vibrio parahemolyticus and Klebsiella pneumonia, the test results showed that patchouli inhibited the growth of these types of bacteria in noticeable ways, and patchouli seemed to work best against the staphylococcus bacteria. While patchouli leaf tea may not be able to prevent a staph infection, it is nice to see evidence of its medical properties as an antimicrobial agent. Not only does it offer a nice protection against certain types of bacteria, but is soothing on chapped lips and skin, and can moisturize and soften even while it leave a fragrance.
Patchouli leaf tea can act as a diuretic, so if you are already taking some form of diuretic, you may wish to avoid this product. It can soothe the digestive system and works well to help remove evidence of scars on the skin. Common folk lore suggests that patchouli can be used as aphrodisiac. The primary uses of this tea seem to come from the diuretic properties, digestive soothing properties, and the external benefits. Use it to repel bugs, sooth irritated skin, use as an astringent on minor wounds, and enjoy the fragrant sensation of this exotic and delectable tea that comes from across the globe.