Botanical Name: Vetiveria zizanoides
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Root
Aroma: Woody, smoky, and musky
Blends Well With: Sandalwood and other resins
Vetiver essential oil does not have any known contraindications. Non-irritating and non-toxic. Dilute to no more than 15% when using topically.
In my house Vetiver is refereed to as the “stinky oil”. The scent is quite strong but the benefits make it totally worth it. Vetiver is native to Asia. The tropical grass grows to a height of about 4– 8 feet, has sharp edged leaves, tiny flowers, and aromatic roots. Since the strong roots reach deep below the soil it is often planted to protect steep hillsides and other areas vulnerable to soil erosion.
An extremely healing oil to the body and the mind, Vetiver can be used in massage blends as it promotes comfort and relieves joint pain. It is also valued as a component in cosmetic preparations for its natural affinity for the skin and its ability to enhance radiance.
Aromatically, Vetiver promotes emotional balance, promotes mental clarity and enhances concentration. It also has a strong power of attraction and enhances sensual and romantic moods. Deeply calming, balancing and restorative, Vetiver promotes rejuvenation on all levels and aids relaxation. It can also be rubbed on feet before bedtime to promote a restful night’s sleep.
Vetiver oil is extremely expensive to make so many companies mix other oils with it to lower costs. You will not see benefits if you are not using 100% vetiver oil. Only buy oils from a reputable company.
The following properties and benefits will only be noticed when using a high quality vetiver oil. Please do your research before buying oils;
Disperse the scent of vetiver into the air by either using it in a diffuser or diluting a few drops in water and spraying it from a spray bottle. To use vetiver on your skin, put 5 drops in 1 tsp. of carrier oil such as grape seed oil and drop the mixture into a bath. An alternative method is to drop 40 drops of vetiver into 3.5 oz. carrier oil and massage a small amount into your skin. Vetiver has a strong scent, so use less if these amounts are too strong for you.
It’s antiseptic properties help gently cleanse the face. Apply 1 drop the skin as needed
Apply diluted oil to the area of concern as needed.
Apply daily to the bottom of the feet, inhale directly through bottle.
Diffuse throughout a room daily, apply to the reflex points of the feet.
Diffuse, inhale directly from bottle as needed, apply to the chest over the heart.
Diffuse in a room, add 1 drop to the palms of your hand and cup over your nose and inhale.
Take a warm bath with a few drops of Vetiver essential oil for deep relaxation.
Insomnia / Sedative
This oil can be topically used for massaging on feet and toes and on the forehead or on the neck at the back. It is sprayed on the pillow or shirt collar or inside the house for aromatic purpose. This type of usage provides calming effect and promotes peaceful sleep.
Apply 1-2 drops of oil to the area of concern. Vetiver helps with all types of inflammation.
Apply 1-2 of diluted oil to the abdomen. Add to a warm bath.
Apply 1-2 drops to the area of concern.