Botanical Name: Chrysopogon zizanioides
Family Name: Poaceae
Common Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Parts Used: Roots of the plant
Note Classification: Base notes
Aroma: Vetiver oil has a strong initial aroma, and is described as woody, smoky, earthy, herbaceous and spicy.
Largest Producing Countries: This perennial grass is a native of India and is widely grown in western and northern India. Vetiver is now cultivated in the tropical regions of different parts of the world. The grass grows up to 2 meters in height and it has brownish-purple flowers and tall stem and long and thin and stiff leaves.
Traditional Use: Vetiver oil is also known as khus oil and is a very grounding, calming and soothing oil which provides a range of uses and benefits. The calming and soothing properties are good to dispel anger, hysteria and irritability and are also good to reduce neurotic behaviour. Since the oil is grounding it is used to promote sleep. It is also good for restlessness. Vetiver oil enhances libido and improve sexual health and provide relief to insomnia patients. It eases skin problems like wrinkles and excess production of sebum. The oil removes microbes and gives relief from all kinds of inflammation. It enhances immunity and heals wounds. It is good different health conditions like tendonitis, arthritis, vitiligo, depression, joint stiffness, menstrual cramps, mental fatigue and sore feet. The calming effects of Vetiver oil helps control attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. The aroma of the oil improves brain activity and reduces symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Vetiver oil works effectively in vapour therapy. It will address nervous complaints, dispel anger and irritability. It can be diluted in massage oil or diluted in the bath and this can assist mental and physical exhaustion, nervous complaints, rheumatism and arthritic pain and skin healing. Vetiver oil can also be mixed with a cream or lotion and use for moisturising and nourishing the skin. It is widely used for dry, irritated and dehydrated to reduce wrinkles and stretch marks.
Blends Well With: Vetiver oil blends well with benzoin, grapefruit, and jasmine, lavender and ylang ylang oils.
Of Interest: The entire vetiver plant is used for various applications and its roots have been mainly popular since ancient times. Vetiver l oil is broadly used in perfumery, and also as a flavouring agent in beverages and other foods. Its other notable medicinal properties include antiseptic, antispasmodic, immune-stimulating, and sedative to the nervous system and stimulating to the circulatory system.
Safety Data: Vetiver oil is non-irritating and nontoxic and is generally safe to use. It is not safe to use the oil on pregnant women. A doctor should be consulted before using the oil on children. Test for skin sensitivity by doing a patch test before using the oil. It is always better to dilute the oil using carrier oil like coconut oil before using it. It is belter to avoid using the oil if you are breastfeeding because it may have negative effects on the nursing baby.