Vetiver Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Vetiveria zizanoides
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Roots
Note Classification: Base
Aroma: Sweet, heavy, earthy, woody
Largest Producing Countries: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Haiti
Traditional Use: Vetiver root has been utilized for its fragrance for many years. It has been used to scent fabric, and woven into baskets, mats, and window coverings.
Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, cell proliferant, depurative, emmenagogue, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary
Benefits: Anxiety, bruises, cuts, insect bites and stings, insomnia, itching, menstrual problems, muscular aches and pains, nervous tension, scars, skin problems, sprains, stiffness, stress, tension, wounds. For skin conditions and bug irritations, vetiver may be added to most blends. The oil is very thick and viscous, but will thin out when added to other oils or alcohol.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, mandarin, oakmoss, opopanax, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang
Of Interest: Vetiver is also used for erosion control. The roots of most grasses grow horizontally, but the vetiver root grows downward making it a good stabilizing plant for wet areas.
Safety Data: Generally considered safe.
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).