@heatherdirtyhands smells spectacular when leaves are fresh! Sadly, unlike other herbs, once dried, it isn’t useful. The process to extract patchouli oil seems complex, it’s steam extraction. Involves opening cells to get at the oil... I’m not ready to get that crazy, so I just rub fresh leaves on pulse points and accept that it fades in time.
It’s just like the patchouli incense sticks, but sooo much better! Just touching a leaf will make my fingers smell beautiful, (it’s powerful the way onions linger on your hands after you cut them - but it’s a smell you like😊)
@emch I was reading about how to make #patchoulioil and gave up😂 it’s quite a process! Steam is involved to open cells... and it’s humid enough here already! Let’s not have me in the kitchen with a kettle and some tongs #yayscience 😂😂😂
Well of course not! I think we've all had a few BITCHPLEASE moments while engaged in a death struggle with a maneating houseplant. I confess though I never thought of patchouli as something you could just grow yourself. I picture mysterious foreigners sending monkeys up the side of a mountain to collect the leaves. (I read way too much.)
LOL I wish you could have a serious talk with my newest arrival, Echeveria "Dick's Pink." It is lying on the ground with its tongue hanging out and IDK if I did something terribly wrong to it or if it's suicidal because of the name the breeder gave it.