Patchouli, a shrubby perennial plant native to tropical Southeast Asian countries, has now spread to other parts of Asia and South America. This herb has a wide range of uses, but one question that often arises is whether it is safe to consume.
In this blog, we will explore the benefits and risks of consuming patchouli.
Typically, patchouli is used in
perfumes, essential oils, scented soaps and incense. But it’s not just limited to this, as it has various other uses too.
Can You Eat Patchouli Leaves?
Yes, patchouli is an edible herb.
Many Eastern cultures use it in their cuisine. Western countries, on the other hand, are not very accustomed to it.
Patchouli is commonly used as an ingredient in curry-based dishes, rice dishes, soups, etc.
It is also found effective in treating constipation. Patchouli Ayurvedic treatment for bowel problems results in more bowel movements and increased stool mass.
Please keep in mind, however, that if you are in any such situation, you should consult with a doctor first and follow their advice.
Culinary Uses of Patchouli
Patchouli has culinary uses. It’s also well known in Asia as a herbal tea. Taken as a hot tea it is used as a treatment for skin conditions such as acne and flaking, and for relaxation and stress relief.
In many cultures it is also used in cooking, eaten as a vegetable or for adding flavor to dishes as a seasoning, and is from the same family of plants as mint.
Patchouli leaves that have been dried and powdered are used in a number of Eastern dishes, such as a flavoring in rice porridge and in a soup with hyacinth and honeysuckle.
Medicinal Uses of Patchouli
Both the fresh and dried leaves of the patchouli plant have long been used in Eastern medicine. In Chinese traditional healing it is known as “Guanghuoxiang” and is used to treat nausea, diarrhea, and cold symptoms such as headaches and fever.
It is considered to be safe in medicinal usage and has no known side effects. although by tradition it is not recommended for blood disorders.
The patchouli plant features in Indian Ayurvedic treatments such as Rasa which is the sense of taste and Guna which affects the potency of drugs.
Patchouli oil is also used in the treatment of hair conditions such as dry scalp and dandruff, and can have a rejuvenating effect on the scalp, encouraging the
growth of hair follicles.
Is Patchouli Oil Edible?
The essential oil of patchouli is very popular among perfumers.
Patchouli oil is produced from the leaves and is used externally. It’s safe to use patchouli oil on your skin.
However, you shouldn’t consume patchouli oil. Consuming or inhaling patchouli oil can have serious side effects.
In aromatherapy, patchouli oil is often used to relieve symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety.
Patchouli oil is extracted from the leaves. It is used in perfumes and soaps. It is one of the most important ingredients in incense and cosmetics as well.
Due to its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, patchouli oil is a great ingredient in skincare products and can help in reducing acne and acne scars, preventing premature aging of skin, preventing stretch marks and various other skincare related problems.
Patchouli essential oil has a characteristic and long-lasting odor that is somewhat sweet and earthy, and somewhat musky. It is used to set a mood, or to make a statement.
In conclusion, the patchouli herb is a versatile plant that can be utilized for its fragrance, medicinal properties, and even flavor.
It can enhance the taste of various dishes when used as a substitute for mint leaves, and it is commonly found in Asia.
While the aroma of patchouli has long been associated with the hippie and counterculture movement, it is not always pleasing to everyone.
Some may find the scent too persistent. However, there is a growing market for edible mints and herbs among herbalism enthusiasts.
It’s important to note that consuming patchouli should be done with caution and after consulting with a healthcare professional.
If you have any further questions or concerns about the consumption of this herb, please feel free to leave your comments and I will be happy to respond.