There’s a reason patchouli essential oil has been used in the natural skincare world since the 1960s. Its impressive list of attributes includes: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, cicatrizant (regenerates skin cells), and cytophylactic (helps wounds to heal). In short, it’s quite good at killing bad bacteria, soothing skin, and healing scars and abrasions.
The scent of patchouli is also thought to be an invigorating aphrodisiac, and antidepressant, which means you might want to give it a chance if you’ve written it off due to negative connotations tied to its distinctive smell.
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