Part of the Poaceae (formerly Gramineae) botanical family, Vetiver is a clumping type of grass with roots that grow straight down into the ground. Often used for erosion control, the grass grows well on hillsides and along water ways such as rivers and ocean inlets. The tubular roots and rootlets have been known to grow several feet into the ground stabilizing the soil and reducing the movement of sediment; they are painstakingly steam distilled for their potent essential oil.
Known as the “oil of tranquility” in Ayurvedic Medicine, Vetiver Essential Oil has an intense balsamic, earthy scent with sweet undertones. Since before the middle ages, the people of India have been using the Vetiver roots for perfumery, baskets, and as a flavoring agent (like khus syrup). Vetiver is also a natural coolant and has been used to cool water in clay jugs in warm and tropical areas around the world.
Aside from perfumery, Vetiver essential oil is used to support mental and physical health, which includes issues such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), insomnia, anxiety and depression. The calming effect it has on the body allows those who cannot calm their brains enough to accomplish a task, to finally focus or rest long enough to fall into a more restful sleep.
Part of mental health is emotional health, and Vetiver, the “oil of tranquility” comes to the rescue. When feeling flighty, untethered, or scattered, inhaling the warm, earthy notes helps relax the mind to become more grounded.
The warming action of Vetiver encourages positive blood circulation and is believed to aid in skin regeneration, especially in cases of scarring due to acne or minor injuries.
Using a grounding blend in a diffuser, massage oil, or on a diffuser bracelet or necklace helps keep the mind and body less agitated throughout the day and into the night. Combine the oils into a dropper bottle and use a drop or two of the mixture at a time.
The transition from summer vacation back to school can be rough for kids and adults alike! But don’t limit this blend to only the first week of school. Use the following diffuser blend for working on homework, easing through difficult transitions such as changes in schedule, etc.,
Counting sheep doesn’t always turn the brain down let alone off-merely slowing the constantly spinning hamster wheel in the mind. Enter Vetiver. When the mind is able to calm, rest comes more readily, so combining Vetiver EO with several other great mentally calming oils can improve your overall rest.
Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician about possible medicine interactions.
Avoid using if pregnant or nursing. Vetiver is believed to possibly cause miscarriage and the effects on a nursing baby are unknown.
Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Vetiver Essential Oil Reviews
“This stuff is amazing!”-Sarah
“Helps so much with my insomnia. Will be getting more.”-Nicole
“I’m so glad I bought this. Nothing else like this for this price.”-Lana