What is patchouli oil?

Patchouli oil is a very powerful extract from the Tamil pacculi plant family. This is commonly used by a lot of people who wish to try and improve their general health and also their hair health. The plant it is taken from is a thick, bushy herb – perhaps a fine analogy for what patchouli oil could do for your hair given time!

It’s known to come from the “mint” or “deadnettle” family and has become a common tool for many people looking to generally improve their self-care. One thing that you will find about patchouli oils is that they can be great for a range of general health and hair problems. What, though, can you expect if you use patchouli oil for hair? 

Patchouli Oil For Hair: Benefits

Patchouli oil is a rich source of caring for your body and your hair. If you are looking for an easy way to look after your body and to do so safely, then you should think about using patchouli oil. However, what can you expect if you were to use it on your hair? What benefits can using it on your hair derive in the long-term?

  • It’s a powerful product to use if you want a strong anti-inflammatory substance.
  • It’s also an antiseptic product, which can be great for healing scalp wounds.
  • Patchouli oil has rich anti-fungal properties making it perfect for those who suffer with fungal scalp infections.
  • This is a strong antibacterial substance, too; great for long-term hair care. 

Patchouli Oil Side Effects

Just like using any other essential oil product, though, you have to careful with patchouli oil. It’s a rich essential oil, so you should make sure that you look to use it in a safe and minimized manner and dilute the oil with a carrier oil before use. Where, though, should you start if you want to find the side effects that could come from your use of patchouli oil? Some side effects include:

  • Patchouli oil can lead to some interesting side effects, including overstimulation.
  • It can also have a sedative style impact if you use it in a high enough dosage.
  • Photosensitivity can a common response if you are using patchouli oil regularly.
  • Appetite loss and loss of taste (temporarily) can be a side-effect, as well.


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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