Patchouli (pogostemon cablin) originated from Malaysia but has been used traditionally by a number of Asian countries, it was used to scent clothes and laundry, in the belief it would help prevent disease. It has also been used in the treatment of nausea, headaches, colds, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In traditional Chinese Medicine, the dried leaves and stems of patchouli are used to normalize the flow and balance of 'chi'. Patchouli has even been used to treat poisonous snake bites in Malaysia and Japan.
Today, patchouli is cultivated in Malaysia as well as China, India, the West Indies and South America; the USA and Europe distill its dried leaves to make the essential oil. The leaves are often fermented to weaken the leaf cell walls to produce a better yield. The health benefits of patchouli essential oil can be attributed to its properties like anti depressant, anti phlogistic, anti septic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, sedative and tonic.