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Pogostemon cablinThe smell of the Patchouli plant is both exotic and familiar. Herb gardening means more than just looks, and we encourage you to plant herb plants we have grown for their aromatic value.
We are often asked how to make an essential oil from Patchouli. It is actually a fairly easy process, as long as you have the necessary items for the process. Of course, your number one would be fresh Patchouli leaves, and making sure only to harvest mature, damage free leaves. You will need to wash them, and make sure that they are completely dry before you begin. Fill a glass jar (with a tight fitting top) with the Patchouli leaves, and make sure to leave an inch of space at the top of the container.
Then fill the jar completely with a 'carrier' oil such as jojoba or sweet almond oil. Shake the jar vigorously to make sure that the leaves and oil and completely mixed. Boil water in a saucepan (enough to come to the top of the jar when submerged), remove it from the heat and place the jar into the hot water. Let is stay until the water is cool, and then shake the jar vigorously. Store your jar in a cool, dark spot and for the next 30 days, shake the jar daily.
At the end of the time period, you will need to filter the oil from the Patchouli leaves. Simply get a funnel and insert the end in a glass bottle - place cheesecloth over the funnel and slower pour the oil through the funnel - give it enough time to completely fill your container. Seal tightly and enjoy!