Tisserand Aromatherapy Pure Essential Oil Patchouli Organic Woody - 0.32 oz. (9ml)
Tisserand Aromatherapy Pure Essential Oil Patchouli Organic Woody is extracted from leaves of the herb grown in Indonesia, patchouli is an earthy, spicy and mystical oil with a sweet woody aroma. Ideal in massage or the bath, to unwind the mind and relax the body. Blends well with bergamot, geranium and lavender. 100% pure, organic, wild crafted or ethically harvested. Sourced only from known botanical species for maximum fragrance, intensity and purity. Used and recommended by professional aromatherapists around the world.
Soil Association Certified
Bergamot, geranium and lavender
Key action / Benefits
Unwinds the mind and relaxes the body
Massage or bathing
Earthy, spicy and mystical
Part of plant
Essential Oils - Frequently Asked Questions
Are Tisserand essential oils organic?
Tisserand essential oils are either organic, wild crafted or ethically harvested:
Certified organic essential oils are derived from plants that have been grown without the use of man-made fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides - instead using ecosystem management methods to maintain the health of both plant and soil. There are no inputs such as genetic modification or irradiation. The benefits of organic agriculture include no pollution of the local air or groundwater and no toxic chemicals in the plant or its essential oil, meanwhile maintaining the viability of the local environment. International standards are set by IFOAM (the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), which also accredits many certifying bodies, for example the Soil Association or French Ecocert.
Wild crafted essential oils are derived from plants that are not cultivated, but are gathered from their natural, wild habitat. Although they are not organic, they will not have been contaminated by synthetic chemicals (pesticides, fertilisers etc) and will be growing in conditions favourable to the health of the plant. When wild crafting is done sustainably, a plan for harvesting must show that the harvest will sustain the wild crop.
This denotes sustainable cultivation. An ethically harvested essential oil is derived from a herb, shrub or tree that is not harvested so aggressively that the species becomes depleted. As far as aromatic plants are concerned, species depletion is only rarely a problem with herbs (which are mostly easy to grow in quantity) but tends to be more of an issue with slow-growing trees.
Can pure essential oils be used neat on the skin?
Essential oils should not be used neat on the skin, as they are highly concentrated and could potentially cause a negative skin reaction. Essential oils should either be diluted into a base oil, lotion or cream.
How can I use essential oils in massage?
There is nothing quite like a massage to make you feel soothed or energised. However, as pure essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin, they need to be diluted first. To create a body massage blend, add up to 5 drops of essential oil to 10mls of blending oil or lotion. For a facial massage blend, add no more than 2 drops of essential oil per 10mls.
How can I use essential oils in the bath?
Bathing with essential oils is one of the easiest and most enjoyable forms of therapy. Just before getting into a full bath, add 3-5 drops of essential oil (or blend of oils) and agitate the water to disperse fully. For a luxury version, thoroughly mix the essential oil (or blend) with a cup of full fat milk and/or vegetable oil before adding it to the bath water; in this instance you can use up to 10 drops of essential oil.
How can I use essential oils via inhalation?
Some essential oils, such as Eucalyptus, are ideal for inhalation. Add 3-5 drops of essential oil to a bowl of very hot (not boiling) water and inhale the vapour for 5-10 minutes; the effect will be maximised by placing a towel over the head. If you are out and about, simply add 1-2 drops of essential oil to a tissue and inhale.
How can I use essential oils to fragrance a room?
The evaporative properties of essential oils make them ideal for use in a vaporiser. To create the ambience of your choice, simply add 6-12 drops of essential oil to your favourite vaporiser - perfect for the home or workplace.
Can I use essential oils on young children?
For children under 6 years old, no more than 2 drops of essential oil per 10mls of vegetable oil should be used, and no more than 2 drops of essential oil should be added to their bath or vaporiser. However, if your child is under 2 years old, essential oils should be used with caution; we would advise that you seek the advice of a doctor or suitable practitioner.
What is the shelf life of essential oils?
Essential oils should ideally be used within one year of opening. The best way to maximise the life of your oils is to keep them in a cool dark place, such as the fridge. If the oil is exposed to heat, air or light, the shelf life will greatly diminish.
When shouldn't essential oils be used?
If you have a skin condition, are pregnant, have epilepsy or asthma, are on a course of treatment with prescribed medication, or are in doubt about any condition you may have, it is important that you seek the advice of a doctor or suitable practitioner before using essential oils.
It was Robert Tisserand's mother who first introduced him to aromatherapy, leading to a passion for the subject that continues to this day.
Robert was already practicing spiritual healing at the age of 15, but it was at the age of 17, on a train taking him back to boarding school, that he decided he wanted to share the benefits of essential oils with others, to improve their health and happiness. His vision was to bring essential oil based products into everyone's home. There was nothing like this available at that time, but it was the 1960s, and the winds of change were blowing!
After years of studying and practicing as a massage therapist and healer, Robert started the Aromatic Oil Company in 1974 from his bedroom in a house in South London. During the next eleven years, despite financial struggle and discouragement from others, Robert hand-bottled the oils, hand-wrote the label for each bottle and packed the parcels that he would dispatch to customers every Saturday morning from his local post office.
Having taken eight years to write it, Robert's first book - The Art of Aromatherapy - was published in 1977. In his book, Robert talks about nature, life force, the planets and the elements. This was a seminal piece of work, because it was a non-scientific counterpart to the only aromatherapy book in the world at that time - The Practice of Aromatherapy - written by a French doctor, Jean Valnet.
It was in 1985 that a new company, Tisserand Aromatherapy Products Ltd., was formed, allowing Robert to act as essential oil and formulations consultant, fully utilizing his years of experience; he continues in this role to this day. He still writes books that sell all over the world, such as Aromatherapy for Everyone and Essential Oil Safety - the first definitive reference guide for the aromatherapy industry on the safe use and application of over 300 essential oils.
The product range has expanded enormously since its humble beginnings, but what continues to matter to us - as it did to Robert some 45 years ago - is the enhancement of people's well-being. This is what drives our commitment to keep on delivering outstanding products based on ethical aromatherapy principles, and it is this quest for the best that has stood the test of time.
How to Use Essential Oils
Research on odor reveals that we respond emotionally to smell more than any of our other senses. Because of this, aromatherapy enables us to benefit from the special properties of pure essential oils that are derived from the odoriferous parts of plants. There are various ways to use essential oils, whether for their therapeutic properties, to enhance well-being, or purely for pleasure:
There is nothing quite like a massage to make you feel soothed or energized. As pure essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin, they need to be diluted first. To do this, mix up to 5 drops of pure essential oil, or blend of oils, per 10 mls (two teaspoons) of vegetable oil or lotion blending base.
Bathing with pure essential oils is one of the easiest and most enjoyable forms of therapy. Just before getting into a full bath, add 8-10 drops of essential oil, or blend of oils, then agitate the water to disperse. While you relax in the bath, the skin absorbs a small amount of oil and the heat of the water slowly evaporates the rest.
The evaporative properties of pure essential oils make them ideal for use in a vaporizer. To create the ambience of your choice, simply add 6-12 drops of your favorite essential oil to your Tisserand vaporizer - perfect for the home or workplace.
Some pure essential oils, such as eucalyptus with its wonderful clearing properties, are ideal for inhalation. Add 3-5 drops of pure essential oil to a bowl of very hot (not boiling) water and inhale the vapor for 5-10 minutes. If this method is not convenient, simply add 1-2 drops of essential oil to a tissue and inhale - ideal if you are out and about.
History of Aromatherapy
According to the orthodox view of history, civilization began with the ancient Egyptians some 5300 years ago. The oldest pyramid was built in the third dynasty, around 3000 BC, by King Zoser's chief architect, Imhotep, who was also astronomer and physician to the King. He certainly did much to advance medical knowledge, and since infused oils and aromatic unguents used were so often in Egyptian medicine, we could probably justifiably label him as the grandfather of aromatherapy.
One of the earliest and most celebrated aromatic formulas was a mixture of sixteen aromatics, known as kyphi. We cannot be sure of the exact ingredients, but most experts agree that it contained myrrh, juniper, cinnamon, spikenard, frankincense, saffron and cassia, among others. It must have been very popular; as well as being used in temples, kyphi was burned in the house to make it smell sweet and used as a perfume for the body and clothes (later used as a liquid perfume by both Greeks and Romans). Kyphi was also employed as a medicine. According to Plutarch, a Greek historian, "Its aromatic substances lull to sleep, allay anxieties and brighten dreams. It is made of things that delight most in the night," making it the original "opium of the masses."
When one of the sealed flasks discovered when the tomb of Tutankhamun was opened in 1922, it contained an unguent that, after 3300 years, still had a perceptible odor. Analysis revealed the presence of frankincense and spikenard. Perhaps this is the only surviving bottle of the world's first perfume.
It has been recorded that 5000 years ago the Chinese living along the banks of the Yellow River were using calamus roots and mugwort leaves as hygiene aids. We know that aromatic herbs and massage were being made use of in China during this early period, and we could speculate that they learned to make infused oils, and so combined the two.
A significant piece of work, dated at around 2650 BC, is the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, which contains references to massage as well as the basis for acupuncture. However, the oldest surviving medical text in China is Shen Nung's Herbal, dated at around 2700 BC, which contains information on 365 plants.
The oldest form of Indian medicine is known as Ayurvedic, meaning "knowledge of longevity." Nobody can be sure exactly how old it is, but it has been practiced for at least 4000 years and is still widely used in India today. One of its principal aspects is aromatic massage, where essential oils - especially sandalwood - are used. Ayurvedic literature from 2000 BC records Indian doctors administering oils of cinnamon, ginger, myrrh, coriander, spikenard and sandalwood to their patients.
Greece and Rome
The ancient Greeks further sophisticated the use of aromatic oils and ointments, employing them cosmetically and medicinally as well as for their fragrance. Marestheus, a physician, was possibly the first to recognize that aromatic flowers have either stimulating or sedative properties. He mentions rose and hyacinth as being refreshing and invigorating to a tired mind, and lily and narcissus as sleep inducing.
Pedanius Dioscorides wrote a magnificent treatise on herbal medicine during the first century AD. His book remained a standard medical reference work in Western medicine for over 1000 years after his death, and much of our present knowledge of medicinal herbs originates from Dioscorides. His book has five sections, one of which deals with aromatics and contains a wealth of aromatherapeutic information. Many of the remedies he discusses are still used in aromatherapy today.
Hippocrates lived some 500 years before Dioscorides, about 2500 years ago. In his Aphorisms, we find a rare reference to aromatics: "Aromatic baths are useful in the treatment of female disorders." He was also keen on massage: "The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing... for rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose, and loosen a joint that is too rigid." Although Hippocrates is often referred to as the father of medicine, it would be more fitting to dub him the father of holistic medicine.
Undoubtedly, it was the Romans who celebrated aromatic materials with sheer decadence. They bathed with them several times a day, while massage also played a large part in the culture. Oils were used to scent the hair, body and even the bed. The most beautiful oils available were blended by highly skilled perfumers, creating celebrated fragrances that were broken down into three categories: "ladysmata" (a solid unguent), "stymmata" (a scented oil) and "diapasmata" (a powdered perfume).
There are many Biblical references to aromatics. At the birth of Jesus, frankincense and myrrh were offered, while at the last supper Mary Magdalene anointed Jesus's feet with "much costly Spikenard and the smell filled the house."
The Middle East
The aromatic oils used up until the 10th century were infused oils, made by mixing the aromatic plant with a fatty oil and warming it. However, essential oils cannot be separated by this method. The invention of distillation is credited to the Persians, in particular to a physician and alchemist called Ibn Sina, known in the West as Avicenna (980-1037 AD). Perfumed waters had been in use for many centuries, produced by a primitive method of distillation. Rose water was by far the most popular - used for medicinal purposes as well as to flavor culinary delicacies - and the Persians exported it to China, India and Europe.
Avicenna sophisticated and refined the process of extracting pure essential oils and it is said that his first successful distillations were made from rosa centifolia. This development led to an even greater popularity for rose water and for the "perfumes of Araby." The Arabs made great advances in chemistry at around this time, and also discovered how to make alcohol. With both alcohol and essential oils, the production of perfumes without a heavy oily base became possible for the first time. This new perfumery used violets, lilies, narcissi and lotus flowers, as well as roses.
Interest in the therapeutic applications of essential oils was relatively small, but aromatherapy as we know it today was quietly being born. Avicenna, like Hippocrates and Dioscorides, was one of the great physicians of his time. In the "Materia Medica" section of his book, the Canon of Medicine, he refers to many essential oils, including cinnamon, coriander, clove, aniseed, dill, chamomile, juniper and peppermint. Although not a great believer in massage, Avicenna did recommend it for some conditions: to prepare the body for exercise, to increase or decrease body weight, to give tone to the body, and for infants and the very old.
Although the earliest Saxon book dealing with herbs, The Leechbook of Bald, dates from about 900 AD, it wasn't until the fourteenth century that the first European comprehensive work on infused oils was written. Simply titled An Herbal, it describes using oils for arthritis, gout, muscular aches, wounds and sores and in the aid of both conception and birth. Although the knowledge of distillation had reached Europe several hundred years earlier, it was not until the invention of printing in the early 1500s that distillation books (and therefore the knowledge) really spread in Europe.
During the sixteenth century essential oils were in great demand for their perfume... people hardly ever bathed and clothes were rarely cleaned. Instead, powders, fragrant waters and alcoholic perfumes were liberally splashed around. It was at this time that the plague hit Europe, so lavender, chamomile, basil, melissa and thyme were commonly strewn and trodden on, both for their disinfectant and aromatic qualities. This century also saw a great step forward for aromatherapy, mainly in Germany; the central figure being a man called Hieronymus Braunschweig, a physician who wrote several books on distillation, and some on surgery. He wrote about essential oils, including rosemary, lavender, clove, cinnamon, myrrh and nutmeg.
The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were the "golden age" of the herbalist (most notably Nicholas Culpeper), with essential oils being part of the regular repertoire of remedies. It was a time of pestilence, pomanders and yet more perfumes, although only a few brave souls revived interest in the lost art of taking a bath! The second visitation of the plague came in 1603 and lasted until the Great Fire of London in 1666 (we know that essential oils are antiseptic, so there was nothing better available to seventeenth century man). From 1650 there developed a gradual split between those physicians who increasingly used chemical drugs and those who remained faithful to herbs. The herbalists eventually fell from grace; however, both groups continued to use essential oils.
By the 18th century, big country houses in Europe often had their own "still room" where the "still room maid" distilled aromatic oils and waters from plants grown on the estate, and then used them in fragrances, toiletries, medicines and even foods. The fragrances and toiletries also had beneficial properties ascribed to them. In some ways the still room maid was an early European version of an aromatherapist.
During the nineteenth century, the "doctor's bag" contained his standard remedies, including a few essential oils, although these were used less and less during the second part of the century. However, somebody drew attention to the low incidence of tuberculosis in the flower growing districts of France, particularly in the south. It was also noted that most of the workers who processed the fragrant herbs and flowers remained quite free from respiratory diseases. This led, in 1887, to the first recorded laboratory test on the antibacterial properties of essential oils.
In the twentieth century, it was a French cosmetic chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé, who coined the term "aromatherapy" in 1937. He discovered the effectiveness of lavender oil on burns, after injuring his hand in a small laboratory explosion and subsequently treating it with the oil. The Second World War brought the progress of aromatherapy to a standstill, with one notable exception. A certain Dr. Jean Valnet, greatly influenced by the work of Gattefossé, used essential oils as antiseptics in the treatment of war wounds. After the war he continued using oils in his capacity as a doctor and, in 1964, published Aromathérapie (now available in English). There are several establishments in France where medical doctors can learn aromatherapy, and some 1500 general practitioners now prescribe essential oils.
It was in 1977 that Robert Tisserand wrote the first book in English on the subject - The Art of Aromatherapy. This best selling book, now translated into 11 languages and sold all over the world, has been referred to as the"standard reference work since it was published." Tisserand has also written Aromatherapy For Everyone (1987) and Essential Oil Safety with Tony Balacs (1995); the latter being the first definitive reference guide for the aromatherapy industry on the safe use and application of over 300 essential oils. Robert is widely acknowledged as a modern day aromatherapy pioneer, paving the way for education in the subject and the growing understanding over the past 30 years of how aromatherapy can benefit our health and wellbeing.