22 February 2012

Flavour of the Week - Patchouli

Cultivated in hot tropical climates such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and The Philippines patchouli is a bushy herb that is an offspring of the mint family. The flowering shrub of the patchouli are extremely fragrant and white in colour.

It's heavy, distinct and musty sent has lent itself to perfumes for hundreds of years. You will often find it acting as a base note in both male and female perfumes. Recently patchouli has been used in incense, and is growing acclaim in the alternative remedy field, being used for relaxation and to ease headaches, nausea and abdominal pain. The flower is also used as an intidote to snake venom in Malaysia and Japan.

Similar to wine patchouli oil will improve and mature over time making it a very versatile scent.

Flavour: Rich, earthy, woody, musty, subtle fruitiness.

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