Despite being lesser known than its other essential oil counterparts, Patchouli essential oil has actually existed for thousands of years already. It was so valuable way back then that traders in Europe would barter one pound of gold for a pound of patchouli.
In their native lands, ylang ylang has traditionally been put to many medicinal uses. For example, the Javanese people used its dried flowers to help treat malaria and its accompanying symptoms. The Vietnamese were also known to do this, and the people of the Northern Marianas Islands made paste out of the aromatic flowers to ease asthma. Along with the flowers, bark from the ylang ylang tree was also used for the treatment of pneumonia and stomach complaints.
Perhaps the best of its uses that’s also common to most of these cultures is as an antidepressant and general mood enhancer. Without the technology we have today to aid them in measuring the beneficial chemicals within ylang ylang, these early peoples knew anyway how helpful it can be for various types of conditions, often by simply taking the evidence of their senses for what it is.
For centuries, lime essential oil has been used in Chinese medicine to promote the digestion of fats and to improve the absorption of nutrients by providing food and fluid intake a smoother course through the stomach tracts. They held that this results in the detoxification of the body by way of flushing, as well as in the improvement of the flow of the body’s energy via the purification of blood.