Latin name: Pogostemon cablin
Also know as: Patchouli, Patchouly, Pachhethene, Patchy
Pogostemon cablin, aka patchouli, is an herb used in aromatherapy, perfumes, and other fragrances. The heavy and strong scent of patchouli has been used for centuries in perfumes and, more recently, in incense, insect repellents, and alternative medicines.
patchouli is an important ingredient in East Asian incense. Both patchouli oil and incense underwent a surge in popularity in the 1960s and 1970s in the US and Europe, mainly as a result of the hippie movement of those decades.
Patchouli is often used to induce relaxation, supplementation reduces central nervous system activity. Preliminary evidence suggests patchouli can alleviate influenza. It has a moderate effect on most strains of flu, and a powerful effect on the H1N1 strain. Animal evidence suggests patchouli supplementation may also have an anti-depressant effect.