Patchouli Leaves | 霍香

It is one of the raw materials for incense, and is read as "KAKKOU".

Its English name is "Patchouli" which is also used in essential oil.

It is made by drying the stems and leaves of a perennial plant of the Perillaceae family. It has a less bitter taste than the essential oil patchouli, and its fragrance is not peculiar. It is also used as a raw material for incense to bring out other fragrances. It has a bactericidal effect and is used in Chinese medicine for stomach and cold remedies.

It is often used in perfumes as an exotic oriental fragrance, and the scent of ink rubbed on an inkstone is reminiscent of a "Japanese fragrance.

Attributes: Leaf and stem
Place of origin: Indonesia
Characteristics: Fresh and sweet

Photo courtesy: OSAGAWA NISABUROU SHOTEN

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香原料の一つで、「かっこう」と読み、英語名は精油でも使用される「パチュリ・パチョリ」です。

シソ科の多年草カワミドリの茎や葉を乾燥させ使用します。精油の「パチュリ」より苦味が薄く、香りにクセがなく、お香の原料として他の香りを引き出す役割も果します。殺菌効果があり、漢方薬として胃薬や風邪薬に使用されるそうです。

香水でも東洋のエキゾチックな香りと称賛されよく使用される香料ですが、硯で墨をすった香りが「和の香り」を彷彿します。

属性部位:葉と茎
産地:インド、マレーシア、台湾、中国

香りの特徴:爽やかで甘い

香原料写真提供:長川仁三郎商店