Patchouli is a large perennial that is a member of the labiatae family, which includes lavender, mint and sage. Its origin is traced to Southeast Asia, and is extensively cultivated in various Indonesian Islands, India, the Philippines, Malaysia, China, and South America. The oil extracted from the leaves of the plant is well-known for its deep, earthy and musky fragrance. While it is used extensively around the world, the aroma of Patchouli is nowadays often associated with the very poor quality or synthetic fragranced used in the 60s. Because of this, some people have strong aversion to it. Regardless of your personal opinion, it is important to remember that there is so much more to this oil than just its scent.