Vetiver Essential Oil
Vetiver essential oil (Vetiveria zizanoides) has deep and powerful subtle effects but is often over-looked in favor of the more familiar floral or herbal essential oils. Smooth and deep, like velvet, but edgy too, the dark and seductive fragrance of vetiver sparkles with fleeting glints of sweet florals and woody undertones. Its tenacious aroma has a primal, earthy quality reminiscent of the forest floor in autumn; people generally love it or hate it, depending, I think, on their level of comfort with wild things and their own wild natures.
Our Vetiver Essential Oil from Indonesia is distilled from the rootlets of a tropical grass, vetiver essential oil seems able to reach deep into our hearts and souls like its roots reach deep into Mother Earth to stabilize and strengthen the land on which it grows. This is an aroma that reminds us of our roots, connects us to Source and both grounds and comforts us in a profound way.
“A scent that disturbs me and delights me. It smells like ripe pears, vetiver, a bit of violet and something else – something spicy, almost biting and exotic.”
Vetiver Essential Oil is excellent for blending
While vetiver exerts powerful subtle effects in its own right, it has an almost magical ability to deepen and intensify the effects of other essential oils with which it is blended. Vetiver and Rose Otto, for example, is deeply comforting and nurturing, while just a touch of vetiver mixed with sandalwood stills and calms the mind and is an ideal aid for meditation. Vetiver and Jasmine Enfleurage blend together in a way that is deeply sensual, earthy and erotic. In perfumery, a small amount of vetiver can add an exotic and unexpectedly pleasing note when blended with most floral and woody essential oils – try it!
In Chinese Medicine, the energetic nature of vetiver essential oil is said to be cool and moist. This gives it revitalizing, restorative properties and traditionally herbal preparations of vetiver were said to nourish joints and connective tissue while the essential oil has been said to clear heat from both the mind and body, and simultaneously calm and uplift the spirit. It has been used to calm and ground an over-active mind and to balance and restore the mind that has been exhausted by stress, over-work, or especially, trauma.
In the folk medicine of India, vetiver has been widely used as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal agent and insect repellant and has been applied in cases of snake bites, boils, burns rheumatism, fever, headaches and many other complaints. The essential oil of vetiver is known in India as “the oil of tranquility”.
Vetiver essential oil is best used in small amounts and a dermal maximum concentration of 1.5% is recommended.Essential Oil Safety Considerations