Vetiver is not as well known as some of the other essential oils, but it’s an interesting one. A favourite in the perfume industry and used in many men’s colognes, vetiver has a distinctly earthy, grassy scent. Its rich, exotic aroma is why it has earned the names ‘Oil of Tranquility’ and ‘The Fragrance of the Soil’.
The wonderful thing about vetiver is you can use it to promote a sense of relaxation. I love to put some in the diffuser with lemon essential oil when I have a few hours work to do at the computer.
I also like to use it diluted as a massage oil because of its calming and grounding effects on the emotions. It’s definitely one I recommend that you add to your collection!
Diffusing vetiver oil gives a rich, exotic aroma that has calming and grounding effects on the emotions.
What is vetiver essential oil?
The vetiver plant (scientific name: Vetiveria zizanioides) is a clumpy green grass native to India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Malaysia that can grow over five feet high. Today, it is also cultivated in Haiti. It belongs to the same family as lemongrass, palmarosa and citronella.
Unlike other grasses, the roots of vetiver plant grow downward, making them an ideal companion plant for preventing soil erosion. Vetiver essential oil is hydro-distilled from the plant’s roots, which are aged before being soaked in water.
Where does it come from?
Since ancient times, almost the entire vetiver plant has been used in the making of perfumes, soaps and cosmetics. In Ayurvedic practices, vetiver oil is prized for its spiritually inspiring scent. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the oil is used to replenish dry skin, balance the emotions and to calm and cool the body.
Vetiver oil is composed of multiple sesquiterpenes, giving it a grounding effect on the emotions. The main chemical constituents are carvone, isovalencenol, and khusimol. Carvone has energising properties while isovalencenol and khusimol give vetiver its grounding effects.
What are the benefits of using vetiver essential oil?
Vetiver oil is renowned for its earthy, fresh, cooling fragrance and can support the grounding of emotions. It also supports healthy sleep. It is also excellent for relaxation when added to a warm bath or diluted and applied topically to the skin.
When used in therapeutic massage, the properties of the oil are profoundly calming and relaxing. It is known to support relaxation after physical or mental exhaustion.
Vetiver oil is unbelievably versatile and is a great choice on your journey to optimal health.
Skin sensitivity of vetiver:
Vetiver essential oil is known to be a nontoxic and non-irritating oil but prior to using, it is wise to do a skin test, particularly for children. This can be done by diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, and applying a small amount to an area of skin that is not sensitive. Vetiver oil must NOT be used near the eyes, inner nose, ears or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin.
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Consistent with Australian and New Zealand regulations, doTERRA nor Pete Evans recommend its essential oils for internal medicinal use. Although extremely rare, reactions to essential oils occasionally arise. If a reaction occurs, it is important that the individual discontinue use of essential oils and consult with a physician.
doTERRA’s rate of adverse reactions is approximately .01 percent and doTERRA labels its products to help customers avoid any potential issues, no matter how rare. There is also additional education and training provided on the doTERRA website, in printed materials, and through in-person events.