Vetiver Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Vetiveria Zizanoides
Composition of Oil: Khusimol, Vetiselinenol, Cyclocopancamphan-12-ol, a-Cadinol, a-Vetivone, and B-Vetivenene
Plant Part: Root
Scent: Woody, Smoky, Earthy, Herbaceous, and Spicy
Color: Golden/Dark Brown
Perfumery Note: Middle
Initial Aroma Strength: Bold
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Historical Background of Vetiver Essential Oil
Vetiver essential oil or Vetiveria zizanoides, is obtained from a perennial bunchgrass that belongs to the family “Poaceae.” The oil of Vetiver is extracted by using the roots of this bunchgrass. Though it is native to India but is now grown in other countries like Indonesia, Haiti, and Réunion.
We always prefer extracting Vetiver essential oil from the bunchgrass that originated in Indonesia because the Indonesian type is renowned for its purity and high quality. We take the roots of the bunchgrass and pass it through a steam distillation process. As a consequence, we get a golden-like colored “Vetiver essential oil” that has a smoky, woody, earthy, and spicy aroma.
Ancient Uses of Vetiver Essential Oil
In ancient times, Vetiver grass was very helpful for protecting fields against weeds and pests. As Vetiver essential oil was discovered, people began using it for a number of purposes. It was used in herbal skin care remedies to reduce acne, sores, wrinkles, and pigments. It was also used as a flavoring in foods and beverages.
Modern Uses of Vetiver Essential Oil
Latest scientific research revealed that the uses of Vetiver essential oil are not limited to the ancient ones but it is also used for so many purposes in modern time. Vetiver essential oil contains some powerful chemical constituents which make this oil very useful. These are Khusimol, Vetiselinenol, Cyclocopancamphan-12-ol, a-Cadinol, a-Vetivone, and B-Vetivenene.
High quantity of Khusimol makes Vetiver essential oil good for relieving stress, depression, anxiety, and promoting good and quality sleep. Vetiver essential oil also helps in rejuvenating skin conditions like acne, oily skin, sores, and dull skin, etc. Using Vetiver essential oil for reducing infection and swelling on cuts and insect bites is nowadays a great option for many people. Due to the existence of a-Cadinol, Vetiver essential oil is a powerful oil for killing harmful bacteria and other microorganisms.
For acne and dull skin, you can use Vetiver essential oil topically after diluting it with some good career oil. Diffusion of Vetiver essential oil (by blending it other oils) will help you stay calm, stress-free, and relaxed throughout the day!
Best Blending Partners for Vetiver Essential Oil
Vetiver essential oil is a friendly oil that lets so many essential oils blend with it. These include Frankincense Serrata, Helichrysum Italicum, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Clary Sage, Cypress, Bergamot, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Patchouli, Lemon, Marjoram Sweet, and Black Pepper.
Effective Stress Relieving Blend
- Vetiver essential oil = 4 drops
- Roman Chamomile essential oil = 8 drops
- Lavender essential oil = 8 drops
Mix all these oils in a spray bottle, add half a glass of water, diffuse it in your room before sleeping, and enjoy a restful, calm, and quality sleep!
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Caution: Beware of excessive use as it may lead to nausea and headaches. For topical use, always dilute the oil with a carrier oil. We do not suggest the internal use of any essential oils. Keep it out of children’s reach. It is not recommended for a pregnant woman without a proper prescription by a specialist.