Patchouli has a reputation for being the preferred scent of the hippie generation, but this heady aroma dates back centuries. Native to tropical regions of Asia, the name comes from the Tamil words for green leaf. Patchouli found its way to Europe along the Silk Road. In the 18th and 19th centuries, silk traders packed dried patchouli leaves around their goods to repel moths and other insects. Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have brought some of those patchouli-scented silks and cashmeres back to France. Reaching even further back, King Tutankhamen was buried with ten gallons of patchouli oil.
|Type:||Family:||Note:||Botanical Name:||Plant Part:||Extraction Method:||Origin:||Documents:|
|Essential Oil||Terrestrial||Base||Pogostemon cablin Benth. (P. patchouli Pellet), fam. Lamiaceae (Labiatae)||leaf||Steam Distilled||China||MSDS|
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