Herbs Guide


Family Name: N.O. Labiatae

Botanical Name(s): Pogostemon patchouli (PILL.)

Popular Name(s): Pucha-pat

Parts Used: The complete herb

Habitat: Patchouli is found in East and West Indies and Paraguay.

Description: Patchouli is a fragrant herb which grows to height of 2 to 3 feet. The plant has egg-shaped leaves, which when rubbed gives a characteristic odour of patchouli. The plant possesses whitish flowers, tinged with purple and grows in both axillary and terminal spikes.

Uses: Patchouli leaves are dried and packed in bales and are exported for distillation of oil. The oil is used in perfumes and in soaps. It is believed to have prophylactic properties.