It is sometimes combined with holy basil and/or tulsi which is thought to calm the spirit, enhance dreams and assist with meditation. It also has powerful antidepressant and relaxing properties and is sometimes used to heal skin disorders such as acne, dryness, eczema and other irritations.
It is used in many Asian countries, including Japan and Malaysia, as an antidote for venomous snakebites. It also repels insects and can be used to stop moths from damaging delicate materials such as satin, silk and wool.
The known main chemical components of patchouli oil are α-bulnesene, α-guaiene, α-patchoulene, β-patchoulene, caryophyllene, eugenol, patchoulol, norpatchoulenol, patchoulipyridine, pogostone and γ-patchoulene.
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