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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

[AlternativeAnswers] October Herb of the Month: Patchouli

 

Good Morning!

October Herb of the Month: Patchouli

Pogostemom Cablin is a warm, sweet, earthy herb used to attract wealth, love and sexual desire. Long associated with hippies and the counter-culture activists, this rich healing oil has long been utilized in stimulating new cell growth, tightening tissue, speed healing of sores and wounds, reducing body odor, cooling fever and repelling insects. 

Patchouli:
Botanical name: pogostemom cablin
Use: stimulates new cell growth, tightens tissues, speeds healing of sores, wounds, reducing body odor, cools fever, and repels insects. Calms nerves, lifts depression, reduces inflammation, fights infection, stimulates sexual desire.
Perfume Note: Base
Blends well with: Chamomile, Lavender, Helichrysum, Geranium, Clary Sage
Source: leaves
Production method: steam distillation
Aromatherapy benefits: pervasive, calming, enhancing
Aroma type: sweet, spicy, musty, earthy
 


Pumpkin Patchouli and Butternut Soup

This unique and wonderful seasonal favorite will be the talk of your Fall/Halloween party. Enjoy a traditional favorite with a twist!

Ingredients:
1/2 large butternut squash, peeled and diced (about 2 cups)
8 oz. pumpkin puree
3 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
coarse sea salt to taste
12 drops Angel's Mist Patchouli Essential Oil
1 shake of nutmeg

Directions:

Melt butter and olive oil together in a large pot over medium high heat.
Add onions and sauté until soft, 3-5 minutes.
Add squash and stir with spoon until all pieces are coasted with oil.
Next, pour in chicken stock and scoop in pumpkin puree.
Stir well. Bring to a simmer, and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes, until squash is tender.
Puree the soup with an immersion blender, in a food processor, or in a blender, but be careful because the soup gets hot. When pureed, strain the soup into another pot. (Fine mesh strainer works best).
Over medium heat, add the cream, salt, nutmeg. Right before serving, add the patchouli.
Stir until heated through, then serve.
Enjoy this unique seasonal favorite!

FInd more, great recipes for patchouli!

 

Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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