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Vetiver Essential Oil: Its Origin, Uses, and Benefits

Common Name: Vetiver

Latin Name: Vetiveria zizanioides

Aromatherapy Uses: Vetiver Essential Oil is used in Aromatherapy to help relieve stress and to promote relaxation. Additionally, helps with Insomnia, and Depression. It is a natural stress reducer.

Discussion: Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) is a clump-forming grass up to 2 meters in height with roots that can penetrate to 3 meters deep. Vetiver is closely related to other fragrant grasses such as Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus) and Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii). Vetiver’s fragrant roots are woven into screens and fans and other household items.

Vetiver Essential Oil is known as Vetiver or Vetivert and Khus khus, Khas khas, or Oil of Tranquility in India. It is much used as a fixative in perfumery.

Oil Extraction Method: Vetiver Essential Oil is steam-distilled from the dried, chopped roots.

Oil Characteristics: Vetiver Essential Oil is dark amber or brown in color, and is very thick. It has a earthy-woody-almost lemony scent, although the scent varies slightly with where the grass was grown.

Plant Distribution: Vetiver is native to the Indian subcontinent, but is widely cultivated in Indonesia, the West Indies, Africa and Polynesia. Large producers include India, Java, Haiti and Réunion.

Scent Blending: Vetiver Oil blends well with Clary Sage, Jasmine, Lavender, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, and Ylang ylang.

Safety Notes: Non-irritating, non-sensitizing, and non-toxic

If you have any illnesses such as cancer, liver problems, have seizures of any type, or are pregnant (not that that is an illness) – consult a qualified Aroma Therapist, or other qualified physician before using essential oils.

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