People use patchouli oil as a mosquito repellent, for the common cold, cancer, headache, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In foods and beverages, patchouli oil is used as a flavoring. In manufacturing, patchouli oil is used as a fragrance in perfumes and cosmetics.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Mosquito repellent. Early research shows that applying patchouli oil to the skin can repel mosquitoes for about 2 hours. Applying patchouli oil in combination with turmeric oil and another oil might work for even longer.
- Stress. Early research suggests that inhaling patchouli oil may reduce stress when used for 2 days. But it's unclear if it is helpful if used for more than 2 days.
- Bad breath.
- Common cold.
- Stomach pain.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough information to know if patchouli oil is safe when applied to the skin or what the side effects might be.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough information to know if patchouli oil is safe when applied to the skin or what the side effects might be. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if patchouli oil is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
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