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Patchouli Oil

Patchouli oils come from a plant called Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth, from the same family as Clary Sage, Lamiaceae.  The name Pogostemon comes from the latin roots and means that the stamen of the flower is bearded.  This plant is thought to have originated in the Philippines and is now cultivated in many tropical areas.  It was introduced into Europe about 1844 when shawls that had been wrapped with Patchouli to reduce insect infestation were popular.  The fragrant woody, earthy, somewhat spicy, musky and smoky scent of Patchouli is produced by the leaves of this herb.

The strength and unique odor quality of Patchouli lends itself to oriental types of perfumes.  It gives a long-lasting fragrant allure to any perfume.  The plant is a bushy perennial herb, up to three feet tall with hairy leaves that are 4 inches long.  The herb itself is used to fragrance and perfume carpets and textiles, and to repel insects.  Wrapping fabrics in Patchouli herb has been a practice for a thousand years.

Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy, all rights reserved, 2000, THE AROMATIC NEWS, Winter 2000

See the Winter 2000 Issue of THE AROMATIC NEWS this article as well as the
"Directory 2000/2001 Growers, Distillers and Equipment,
Seed and Plant Sources, Marketers, Retail Sources
for true Aromatherapy Products and Candles"!

Please visit the Jeanne Rose web site for more information on the Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy Kits

Fall 2000

Chamamaelum mixtum -- Ormenis

Regarding the name used in many aromatherapy texts, Anthemis mixta or Ormenis mixta: the correct name for this plant is Chamamaelum mixtum, and has been for over 100 years.  I am always surprised at how slowly our herbal and aromatherapy world wakes up to the correct Latin binomials and continues to use incorrect and out of date names for years in their books....

Regarding the oil that is sold as Ormenis, Chamamaelum mixtum is the true and correct name.  And yes, the plant with its golden yellow essential oil is a Camomile and related to both German Chamomile, Matricaria recutita, and Roman Chamomile, Chamamaelum nobile.

Jeanne Rose, THE AROMATIC NEWS, Fall 2000

See page 9 of the Fall 2000 Issue of THE AROMATIC NEWS for the complete article which includes uses of this essential oil.

Please visit the Jeanne Rose web site for more information on the the fabulous Blue Oils kit which includes Ormenis.

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