Vetiver Oil: The Soothing Grass Oil
Also known as khus oil, it is a lesser-known plant oil that offers a heavy, earthy fragrance, which is reminiscent of patchouli but with a touch of lemon. It is believed to be very grounding, calming and stabilizing, and provides a range of essential oil uses and benefits.
For thousands of years, Vetiver oil has been used in traditional medicine in South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Africa. It’s native to India, and both its leaves and roots have wonderful uses. Vetiver is known as a sacred herb valued because of its uplifting, soothing, healing and protective properties. It’s a natural body cooler — making it extremely popular in tropical countries. In fact, in India and Sri Lanka, it’s known as the “oil of tranquility.”
Recent research credits vetiver oil for treating symptoms of ADHD and ADD. It’s also known to increase libido and treat insomnia without drugs.
Country of origin: Sri Lanka
Method of Extraction: Steam distilled.
Scent Description: Vetiver Essential Oil is earthy, woody, very smoky scent characteristic of most essential oils derived from roots in the earth. It has a rich, sweetly satisfying note that is both warm and masculine. To some vetiver smells of tobacco.
Blends Well With: Bergamot, cedarwood, geranium, ginger, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, orange, patchouli, rose, and sandalwood essential oils.
Therapeutic Properties & Uses:
- The health benefits of vetiver essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an anti-inflammatory (reduces inflammation), antiseptic (prevents bacterial infections), aphrodisiac, cicatrizant (promotes healing and eliminates scars), nervine (prevents nervous disorders), sedative (relieves insomnia), tonic, and vulnerary (speeds up healing) substance.
- Stress-induced conditions, nervous tension, stress-related menstrual problems, muscular spasm, muscular pain, menstrual cramp, premenstrual syndrome, restlessness. [Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 629.]
- Acne, arthritis, cuts, depression, exhaustion, insomnia, muscular aches, oily skin, rheumatism, sores, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]
Shelf Life: 6-8 years
- Essential oils are for aromatherapy and external use only.
- Never apply essential oils in its pure and concentrated forms directly onto the skin. Mix it with a carrier oil first.
- Be sure to do a skin patch test before applying it topically onto the desired area to ensure that there are no allergic or sensitive reactions.
- If you are pregnant, be sure to check with your doctor first before using essential oils.
- MAHALAGANG PAALALA: ANG VETIVER ESSENTIAL OIL AY HINDI GAMOT AT HINDI DAPAT GAMITING PANGGAMOT SA ANUMANG URI NG SAKIT.
Vetiver essential oil is also available in the following:
WATER-SOLUBLE BLEND >>