The patchouli leaves have germicidal and insect repellant qualities. The dried leaves are kept between their silk sarees by Indian women, to repel moths. In ancient times, silk from China was wrapped in Patchouli leaves when it was delivered to Europe.
The plant is easy to grow and propagate, as it can tolerate shade.
Patchouli is used in Ayurveda medicine as it is anti fungal anti bacterial.