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Why Do Hippies Smell Like Patchouli?

Reviewed on 11/30/2020

Why do hippies smell like patchouli?

Patchouli oil has a raw, earthy scent.
Patchouli oil has a raw, earthy scent.

Patchouli oil has been in use for thousands of years, but it gained tremendous popularity because of its use by the hippies in the 1960s. Experts suggest that regular use of patchouli oil by hippies is because of the raw, earthy and natural nature of this oil. Hippies preferred using products that were not artificially manufactured and were cruelty free. Those are characteristics of patchouli oil. Patchouli oil is derived from the plant, Pogostemon cablin, that belongs to the mint family. The plant is native to tropical Asian countries such as India, China, Malaysia and the Philippines. Some experts suggest that strong-smelling patchouli oil was used by hippies to mask the smell of marijuana that they have used. It was also effective in masking the smell of alcohol. The hippie culture emphasized unbounded love and inclusiveness. Patchouli oil is known for its calming and libido-enhancing effect, which made it popular among the hippies.

Is patchouli oil good for stress and anxiety?

There is lack of scientific evidence to support the use of patchouli oil for medical conditions including stress, depression and anxiety. Caution is advised. The oil, however, is used by practitioners of alternative medicine including Ayurveda and aromatherapy for managing mental conditions such as stress, depression and anxiety. Besides the use for mental conditions, patchouli oil is also used for other purposes including

How do you use patchouli oil?

Patchouli oil has to be diluted in a carrier oil such as coconut oil before use. Direct application of the concentrated essential oil is not recommended because it may cause skin irritation. The oil can also be used in aromatherapy. You may add a few drops of the oil to your moisturizer or skin cream before application. Add a few drops to shampoo or conditioner to make hair smoother and boost scalp health. Patchouli oil may also be added in small quantities to foods and beverages as a flavoring agent. Dried leaves from the patchouli plant may be used for making patchouli tea. Ingestion of patchouli oil may be toxic and should be avoided. The safety of patchouli oil has not been demonstrated in pregnant women or lactating mothers. Because there is a paucity of scientific evidence for using patchouli oil for treating medical conditions, it advisable to not use the oil or other patchouli products without consulting your healthcare provider. People with underlying medical conditions or who are on long-term medications must particularly refrain from using the oil without consulting their doctor.

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