Vetiver Essential Oil


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Botanical Family: Vetiveria zizanoides

Extraction Method/Origin: Steam distilled from roots—India, Haiti (best)

Chemical Constituents: Sesquiterpene Alcohols (up to 42%): isovalencenol (<15%), bicyclovetiverol (<13%), khusenol (<11%), tricyclovetiverol (<4%), vetiverol, zizanol, furfurol; Sesquiterpene Ketones (<22%): α- & β-vetivones (<12%), khusimone (<6%), nootkatone (<5%); Sesquiterpenes (<4%): vitivene, tricyclovetivene, vetivazulene, β- & δ- cadinenes; Sesquiterpene Esters: vetiveryl acetate; Carboxylic Acids: benzoic, palmitic, and vetivenic acids.

Properties: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, calming, grounding, immune-stimulant, rubefacient (locally warming), sedative (nervous system), stimulant (circulatory, production of red corpuscles).

Folklore: Known in India as “oil of tranquility,” vetiver is distilled from the root of a scented grass native to India that is botanically related to citronella and lemongrass.

Historical Uses: The distillation of vetiver is a painstaking, labor-intensive activity. The roots and rootlets of vetiver have been used in India as a perfume since antiquity.

Other Possible Uses: Vetiver may help acne, anorexia, anxiety, arthritis, breasts (enlarge), cuts, depression (including postpartum), insomnia, muscular rheumatism, nervousness (extreme), skin care (oily, aging, tired, irritated), sprains, and stress. It may also be effective at repelling termites.

Body System(s) Affected: Emotional Balance, Hormonal and Nervous Systems, Skin.

Aromatic Influence: Vetiver has a heavy, smokey, earthy fragrance reminiscent of patchouli with lemonlike undertones. Because of its psychologically grounding, calming, and stabilizing properties, vetiver has also been valuable for relieving stress and helping people recover from emotional traumas and shock.

As a natural tranquilizer, it may help induce a restful sleep. It is known to affect the parathyroid gland. According to Susanne Fischer-Rizzi, “Sexual energies become more peaceful and grounded.”

Usage Instructions
Application: Apply to Vita Flex Points and/or directly on area of concern; diffuse. Also excellent in baths or in massage blends. A very small amount of vetiver oil is all that is needed in most applications. Mix with geranium and ylang ylang to help with breast enlargement.

Safety Data: Use with caution during pregnancy.

Blends With: Clary sage, jasmine, lavender, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang.

Odor: Type: Base Note (5–20% of the blend); Scent: Heavy, earthy, balsamic, smoky, sweet undertones; Intensity: 5.