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Herbs/Incense

Patchouli: Herbs and Incense

Welcome to the first post in a new series! The herbs and incense series. In this post, we are looking at the patchouli herb. The post starts with looking at the history of patchouli, then moves on to properties and finishes with magickal uses. Please note that there may be affiliate links in this post. For more information about what this means, please click here. There is also a free correspondence sheet to download at the end of this post too. 

History of the Patchouli herb

Patchouli has been used for centuries and originates from Asia although now is grown in many tropical climates. It is a member of the mint family and has a very strong scent that people seem to either love or hate, like marmite! 

The plant can grow up to three feet in height and produces purple to white flowers. It is very leafy which is good as the leaves are what are most used from the plant as essential oil comes from the leaves. Historically, it was a sign of prosperity to have Patchouli oil and plants, at one point being as valuable and sought after as gold.  

Due to the cost and time involved in harvesting the patchouli oil, a synthetic version was formed and sold at much cheaper prices. Patchouli particularly became popular in Europe in the 60s and 70s when it was discovered that burning patchouli could mask the scent of other herbs such as cannabis. 

Aside from the essential oil, Patchouli dried leaves are often used and can be used in herbal tea and patchouli incense are available to purchase. 

Patchouli herbs, plant, flowers

Patchouli properties

  • Natural insect repellent 
  • Antibacterial 
  • Is used for treating skin conditions such as eczema and dandruff
  • It May help to relieve depression and anxiety
  • May help to prevent sun damage to the skin
  • It May help to relieve headaches
  • An aphrodisiac
  • Used in herbal teas to treat a variety of digestive conditions

Magickal uses for Patchouli herbs

The patchouli plant corresponds with the planet Saturn and the zodiac sign of Scorpio. It is linked to the earth element and root chakra. The Samhain sabbath on the Pagan wheel of the year also corresponds with Patchouli. In terms of magick, the patchouli herbs are linked to love and fertility magick, prosperity spells, protection magick and communication. 

Practical ways to use Patchouli in magick

  • Anointing windows and doors with Patchouli oil for protection of the home. 
  • Anointing green candles with patchouli oil for money rituals and wealth related candle magick
  • Adding a dried patchouli leaf to your purse or wallet to attract abundance
  • Mixing patchouli oil with a base oil and adding to wrists and behind the ears to help attract a lover
  • Adding patchouli herbs or oils to spell bottles or bags that correspond with love, fertility, protection or prosperity. 
  • Adding to ritual fertility baths (with a base oil). 

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